Monday, 5 October 2015

Deadlock and Deadlock prevention

Deadlock occurs because:

Mutual exclusion: There is a resource which can be accessed only by one thread at any point in time.

Resource holding: While having locked one resource, the thread tries to acquire another lock on some other exclusive resource.

No preemption: there is any mechanism, which frees the resource if one thread holds the lock for a specific period of time.

Circular wait: During runtime a constellation occurs in which two (or more) threads are each waiting on the other thread to free a resource that it has locked.

Prevent deadlocks:

In order to prevent deadlocks one (or more) of the requirements for a deadlock has to be eliminated:

Mutual exclusion: In some situation it is possible to prevent mutual exclusion by using optimistic locking.

Resource holding: A thread may release all its exclusive locks, when it does not succeed in obtaining all exclusive locks.

No preemption: Using a time-out for an exclusive lock frees the lock after a given amount of time.

Circular wait: When all exclusive locks are obtained by all threads in the same sequence, no circular wait occurs.

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