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Dining philosophers is a scheduling paradigm that determines when processes in a distributed system should execute certain sections of their code so that processes do not execute 'conflicting' code sections concurrently, for some application-dependent notion of a 'conflict'. Designing a stabilizing dining algorithm for shared-memory systems subject to process crashes presents an interesting challenge: classic stabilization relies on all processes continuing to execute actions forever, an<span class="external-identifiers"> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer" href="https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35476-2_20">doi:10.1007/978-3-642-35476-2_20</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/release/jbsioc6tsvffthw3a665utxmpq">fatcat:jbsioc6tsvffthw3a665utxmpq</a> </span>
more »... ion which is violated when crash failures are considered. We present a dining algorithm that is both wait-free (tolerates any number of crashes) and is pseudo-stabilizing. Our algorithm works in an asynchronous system in which processes communicate via shared regular registers and have access to the eventually perfect failure detector ♦P. Furthermore, with a stronger failure detector, the solution becomes wait-free and self-stabilizing. To our knowledge, this is the first such algorithm. Prior results show that ♦P is necessary for wait-freedom. We would like to thank the reviewers for their suggestions in improving the paper.
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