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  Semaphore (programming) Summary
A P operation on the semaphore grants access to a process, and decrements the value of the semaphore by 1; the V operation on a semaphore is used by a process to reset the semaphore (increment its value by 1) after it is done using the restricted resource.
Semaphores are also considered to be ill-advised in user-level programs even in uniprocessors because of this, and because they tend to slow things down due to busy waiting.
Semaphores are the classic solution to the dining philosophers problem, although they do not prevent all deadlocks.
www.bookrags.com /Semaphore_(programming)   (2001 words)

 Semaphore Programming Assignment
Your assignment is to write a multi-class multithreaded Java program that simulates the movement of the people in the building and their use of the elevator.
Your program will have an elevator class from which an elevator object containing the elevator thread is instantiated, and a person class from which person objects containing a person thread each are instantiated.
The input data to your Java program are the number of people in the building, the maximum person building wander time (napping time), the number of floors in the building, the simulation running time, and a flag for deterministic mode.
www.mcs.drexel.edu /~shartley/ConcProgJava/Labs/elevator.html   (1076 words)

 Unix - semaphore example
/* semabinit.c - initialize a semaphore for use by programs sema and semb */ #include #include #include #include /* The semaphore key is an arbitrary long integer which serves as an external identifier by which the semaphore is known to any program that wishes to use it.
Semctl() does various things to the semaphore depending on which arguments are passed.
We will use it to make sure that the value of the semaphore is initially 0.
docs.linux.cz /programming/c/unix_examples/semab.html   (764 words)

  semaphore - Definitions from Dictionary.com
The value of a semaphore is the number of units of the resource which are free (if there is only one resource a "binary semaphore" with values 0 or 1 is used).
If a process does a P on a semaphore which is zero the process is added to the semaphore's queue.
When another process increments the semaphore by doing a V and there are tasks on the queue, one is taken off and resumed.
dictionary.reference.com /browse/semaphore   (536 words)

  Science Fair Projects - Semaphore (programming)
Semaphores are the classic solution to the Dining philosophers problem, although they do not prevent all deadlocks.
In addition to their inadequacies in dealing with deadlocks, semaphores do not protect the programmer from the easy mistakes of taking a semaphore that is already held by the same process, and forgetting to release a semaphore that has been taken.
A Blocking Semaphore is a semaphore that is initialised with the value of 0.
www.all-science-fair-projects.com /science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/Semaphore_(programming)   (930 words)

 ATL Use Case - From Hoare's Monitors to Dijkstra's Semaphores
In [1] a set of rules for translating from monitors to semaphores is given to prove that monitors can be implemented by semaphores.
The semaphore is initialized to 1; a P(mutex) must be executed on entry to each local procedure, and a V(mutex) must usually be executed on exit from it.
The concept of a condition-variable is intended as a substitute for semaphores, and has its own style of usage, in the same way that while loops or coroutines are intended as a substitute for jumps.
www.eclipse.org /m2m/atl/usecases/MonitorToSemaphore   (988 words)

 semaphore (programming)
The V operation is sometimes known as "up", and the P operation as "down".
Much like GOTO, semaphores were an idea that originally seemed the best way to solve problems.
Better-structured alternatives are preferred, such as the monitor pattern, resource-sharing environments, and various built-in constructs in more sophisticated modern languages.
www.mcfly.org /semaphore_(programming)   (432 words)

  Semaphore (Java 2 Platform SE 5.0)
Semaphores are often used to restrict the number of threads than can access some (physical or logical) resource.
A semaphore initialized to one, and which is used such that it only has at most one permit available, can serve as a mutual exclusion lock.
methods for this semaphore, the current thread is next to be assigned permits and the number of available permits satisfies this request.
java.sun.com /j2se/1.5.0/docs/api/java/util/concurrent/Semaphore.html   (2587 words)

 CS330 Semaphores   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Similarly, semaphores in operating systems serve as a signal to indicate whether or not a shared resource is currently being used.
The value of a semaphore is the number of units of the resource which are free (if there is only one resource a "binary semaphore" with values 0 or 1 is used).
Semaphores are one of three types of IPC that are collectively referred to as "System V IPC".
www.cs.uregina.ca /Links/class-info/330/Semaphore/semaphore.html   (2085 words)

 Semaphore Programming Assignment
The input data to your Java program are (a) the amount of time in seconds that the simulation runs, and (b) the maximum time in seconds that a smoker smokes after rolling a cigarette.
Place these two numbers on the command line for your program to parse.
Remember to give the corresponding variables default values in your program to handle missing command line options.
elvis.rowan.edu /~hartley/ConcProgJava/Labs/smokers.html   (380 words)

 More Concurrent Programming Topics | Linux Magazine
However, if the value of the semaphore is zero, the thread that waited on it is blocked until the value is greater than zero.
Although we could use a semaphore to do this, it would be clearer conceptually if we had a way to tie the condition (total sold = total available) to a lock that will only wake a thread when this is true.
It is a program that is probably similar to those used when you are on hold waiting for tech support or to buy airline tickets.
www.linux-mag.com /id/770   (2309 words)

 docs.sun.com: Multithreaded Programming Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Semaphores are a programming construct designed by E. Dijkstra in the late 1960s.
In the P operation, the semaphore's value must be positive just before it is decremented (resulting in a value that is guaranteed to be nonnegative and one less than what it was before it was decremented).
Semaphores are typically used to coordinate access to resources, with the semaphore count initialized to the number of free resources.
docs.sun.com /app/docs/doc/805-5080/6j4q7emgq?a=view   (1292 words)

 Unix Multi-Process Programming and Inter-Process Communications (IPC)
For example, if the program opens a file and writes some data to it, and two processes try to run the program at the same time, the contents of the file might be ruined in an unpredictable way.
A second program, named "queue_reader", may be run that reads the messages from the queue, and does something with them (in our example - just prints their contents to standard output).
A semaphore set is a structure that stores a group of semaphores together, and possibly allows the process to commit a transaction on part or all of the semaphores in the set together.
users.actcom.co.il /~choo/lupg/tutorials/multi-process/multi-process.html   (10743 words)

 semaphore - a definition from Whatis.com
In programming, especially in Unix systems, semaphores are a technique for coordinating or synchronizing activities in which multiple processes compete for the same operating system resources.
A semaphore is a value in a designated place in operating system (or kernel) storage that each process can check and then change.
Semaphores are commonly use for two purposes: to share a common memory space and to share access to files.
whatis.techtarget.com /definition/0,,sid9_gci212959,00.html   (242 words)

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A Semaphore is initialized with an initial count and a maximum count, these would correspond to the number of 'permits' currently available and the number of' permits' in total.
Acquiring the Semaphore means taking a permit, but if there are none (the count is 0) the Semaphore will block the calling thread.
Releasing the Semaphore means returning a permit, unblocking a thread waiting for one.
zthread.sourceforge.net /html/classZThread_1_1Semaphore.html   (310 words)

 CSC 3453 Interprocess Communication   (Site not responding. Last check: )
As written, the program will send what partial data have been retrieved as if it were the whole contents, which is clearly not correct.
Semaphores were invented by Dijkstra to solve the missed wakeup problem by counting wakeup signals.
Monitors are an abstraction for ensuring mutual exclusion that attempt to avoid the complexity of semaphore programming by having a compiler or preprocesser generate the actual semaphore code based on a critical section specification.
carbon.cudenver.edu /~jnoll/3453/ipc.html   (1528 words)

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These classes are sufficient for writing the programming projects for CS435, but may not be rich enough for commercial applications.
If a thread tries to acquire the semaphore when the count is zero the thread is blocked until the semaphore becomes positive.
Semaphores are provided by most operating systems for low-level process synchronization.
www.ric.edu /emcdowell/cs435/cpp/cs435.txt   (1709 words)

A resource semaphore guarantees the priority of a task occupying a resource to be at least the maximum of the priorities of all other tasks also requiring the respective resource.
Compared to other semaphore types, two important restrictions apply for resource semaphores: a resource must always be released (using RTKSignal) by the task that has acquired it using RTKWait.
However, for a mutex semaphore, such a construct is legal and the resource would not be released until the same number of RTKSignal calls as RTKWait calls have occurred.
www.on-time.com /rtos-32-docs/rtkernel-32/programming-manual/module/semaphore.htm   (834 words)

 Count Instances of Process or Application in C++
Semaphores are typically used to limit access to a shared resource to a fixed number of clients.
The previous value is subtracted from the maximum semaphore value to give the number of instances of the process.
The semaphore should be released at the very end of the program to increment its value back to the original.
www.somacon.com /p112.php   (486 words)

 CSWL : Concurrent Programming Issues
Concurrent programming, as we take focus here, is the set of techniques and tools used in programming concurrent activities that dynamically share information with one another.
Semaphores essentially refer to signaling mechanisms using your hands, for example used in aviation between a man on the ground and an approaching or taking off airplane’s pilot.
We have seen that semaphores can be used as mutual exclusion locks (mutexes), for signaling between tasks for controlled access as well as allow up to a specified number of tasks to do a certain activity (counting semaphores).
www.cswl.com /whitepapers/concurrent-programming.html   (8237 words)

 Semaphore (programming)
The trend in programming language development, though, is towards more structured forms of synchronization like monitors and channels.
Apart from a counting semaphore we also have a blocking semaphore.
A blocking semaphore is a semaphore that is initialised with the value of 0.
www.alloffinance.com /Semaphore_%28programming%29.html   (1418 words)

 Concurrent Programming - Semaphore - SwinBrain
A semaphore (or counting semaphore) is a utility that allows only x Threads to access a shared resource.
A new semaphore is created with a certain number of tokens.
Any code that uses a semaphore, should call the acquire inside a try block, and call the release inside the finally block.
mercury.it.swin.edu.au /swinbrain/index.php/Concurrent_Programming_-_Semaphore   (242 words)

 Writing multithreaded Java applications
When you are writing graphical programs that use AWT or Swing, multithreading is a necessity for all but the most trivial programs.
Threads that attempt to acquire a semaphore when all the resources managed by the semaphore are in use simply block until a resource is free.
A common use of semaphores is in solving the "consumer-producer problem." This problem occurs when one thread is completing work that another thread will use.
www-106.ibm.com /developerworks/library/j-thread.html   (2935 words)

 Semaphore (programming)
A semaphore is a protected variable (or abstract data type) and constitutes the classic method for restricting access to equivalent shared resources (e.g.
The value of the semaphore is initialized to the number of equivalent shared resources it is implemented to control.
The general case semaphore is often called a counting semaphore.
www.pillscatalog.net /Semaphore_%28programming%29.html   (1055 words)

 Semaphore (programming)
Semaphore (programming) is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
Semaphore (programming): Encyclopedia II - Lock computer science - Granularity
A semaphore is the simplest type of lock.
www.experiencefestival.com /semaphore_programming   (725 words)

 semaphore : Built with Processing
Semaphore is a archaic way of sending messages using flags.
This applet is a handy translator for anyone who wants to send a message in semaphore without memorizing it.
Click on the program to give it focus, and then type a message.
www.wxs.ca /applets/semaphore   (89 words)

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The lyric programming system is based on the Gnu `gcc' compiler, and the lyric runtime system library must be compiled with the lyric compiler.
A semaphore is typically used to control acces to a shared data structure, with an N-ary semaphore allowing access to a most N-1 processes at any point in time.
In general, an implementation of an N-ary semaphore must guarantee that the number of aquire operations minus the number of release operations is at most N - 1, and at least 0.
www.myri.com /lyric/lyric_prog_man.info   (6134 words)

 Strategies for Implementing POSIX Condition Variables on Win32
Counting semaphores are a synchronization mechanism commonly used to serialize or coordinate multiple threads of control.
Counting semaphores are often used to keep track of changes in the state of objects shared by multiple threads in a process.
Win32 semaphores are more general synchronization objects that implement the counting semaphores mechanism described in Section 2.2.
www.cs.wustl.edu /~schmidt/win32-cv-1.html   (5981 words)

 Migrate Win32 C/C++ applications to Linux on POWER, Part 3: Semaphores
Semaphores allow synchronization of processes by testing and setting the integer value in a single atomic operation.
Usually, the main use of a semaphore is to synchronize a thread?s action with other threads.
The count is decremented each time a thread completes a wait for the semaphore object and incremented each time a thread releases the semaphore.
www-128.ibm.com /developerworks/eserver/library/es-win32linux-sem.html   (1935 words)

 Concurrent Programming with J2SE 5.0
Java is a multithreaded programming language that makes programming with threads easier, by providing built-in language support for threads.
This leads developers to implement their own high-level synchronization facilities, but given the difficulty of concurrency issues, their implementations may not be correct, efficient, or high quality.
Semaphore: A semaphore is a classic concurrency control construct.
java.sun.com /developer/technicalArticles/J2SE/concurrency/?feed=JSC   (2047 words)

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