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A new token passing distributed mutual exclusion algorithm

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2 Author(s)
Banerjee, S. ; Telecommun. Program, Pittsburgh Univ., PA, USA ; Chrysanthis, P.K.

Eliminating interference between concurrently executing activities through mutual exclusion is one of the most fundamental problems in computer systems. The problem of mutual exclusion in a distributed system is especially interesting owing to the lack of global knowledge in the presence of variable communication delays. In this paper, a new token-based distributed mutual exclusion algorithm is proposed. The algorithm incurs approximately three messages at high loads, irrespective of the number of nodes N in the system. At low loads, it requires approximately N messages. The paper also addresses failure recovery issues, such as token loss

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Distributed Computing Systems, 1996., Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on

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27-30 May 1996