Explain how petersons solution helps to achieved process synchronization.

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Peterson Solution

Peterson’s solution is widely used solution to critical section problems. This algorithm was developed by a computer scientist Peterson that’s why it is named as a Peterson’s solution.

In this solution, when a process is executing in a critical state, then the other process only executes the rest of the code, and the opposite can happen. This method also helps to make sure that only a single process runs in the critical section at a specific time.


- Hamro CSIT

FLAG[i] = true
while( (turn != i) AND (CS is !free) ){ wait;
turn = j; //choose another process to go to CS
  • Assume there are N processes (P1, P2, … PN) and every process at some point of time requires to enter the Critical Section
  • A FLAG[] array of size N is maintained which is by default false. So, whenever a process requires to enter the critical section, it has to set its flag as true. For example, If Pi wants to enter it will set FLAG[i]=TRUE.
  • Another variable called TURN indicates the process number which is currently wating to enter into the CS.
  • The process which enters into the critical section while exiting would change the TURN to another number from the list of ready processes.
  • Example: turn is 2 then P2 enters the Critical section and while exiting turn=3 and therefore P3 breaks out of wait loop.
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