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A fair distributed mutual exclusion algorithm

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2 Author(s)
Lodha, S. ; Synposys Inc., Mountain View, CA, USA ; Kshemkalyani, A.

This paper presents a fair decentralized mutual exclusion algorithm for distributed systems in which processes communicate by asynchronous message passing. The algorithm requires between N-1 and 2(N-1) messages per critical section access, where N is the number of processes in the system. The exact message complexity can be expressed as a deterministic function of concurrency in the computation. The algorithm does not introduce any other overheads over Lamport's and Ricart-Agrawala's algorithms, which require 3(N-1) and 2(N-1) messages, respectively, per critical section access and are the only other decentralized algorithms that allow mutual exclusion access in the order of the timestamps of requests

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Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 6 )