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Distributed Computing by Mukesh Singhal, Ajay D. Kshemkalyani

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CHAPTER 9

Distributed mutual exclusion algorithms

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9.1  Introduction

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Mutual exclusion is a fundamental problem in distributed computing systems. Mutual exclusion ensures that concurrent access of processes to a shared resource or data is serialized, that is, executed in a mutually exclusive manner. Mutual exclusion in a distributed system states that only one process is allowed to execute the critical section (CS) at any given time. In a distributed system, shared variables (semaphores) or a local kernel cannot be used to implement mutual exclusion. ...

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