What is Deadlock?

Deadlock is a situation that occurs in OS when any process enters a waiting state because another waiting process is holding the demanded resource. Deadlock is a common problem in multi-processing where several processes share a specific type of mutually exclusive resource known as a soft lock or software.

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Example of Deadlock

  • A real-world example would be traffic, which is going only in one direction.
  • Here, a bridge is considered a resource.
  • So, when Deadlock happens, it can be easily resolved if one car backs up (Preempt resources and rollback).
  • Several cars may have to be backed up if a deadlock situation occurs.
  • So starvation is possible.
Example of deadlock

What is Circular wait?

One process is waiting for the resource, which is held by the second process, which is also waiting for the resource held by the third process etc. This will continue until the last process is waiting for a resource held by the first process. This creates a circular chain.

For example, Process A is allocated Resource B as it is requesting Resource A. In the same way, Process B is allocated Resource A, and it is requesting Resource B. This creates a circular wait loop.

Example of Circular wait

For example, a computer has three USB drives and three processes. Each of the three processes able to holds one of the USB drives. So, when each process requests another drive, the three processes will have the deadlock situation as each process will be waiting for the USB drive to release, which is currently in use. This will result in a circular chain.

Circular wait example

Deadlock Detection

A deadlock occurrence can be detected by the resource scheduler. A resource scheduler helps OS to keep track of all the resources which are allocated to different processes. So, when a deadlock is detected, it can be resolved using the below-given methods:

Deadlock Prevention:

It's important to prevent a deadlock before it can occur. The system checks every transaction before it is executed to make sure it doesn't lead the deadlock situations. Such that even a small change to occur dead that an operation which can lead to Deadlock in the future it also never allowed process to execute.

It is a set of methods for ensuring that at least one of the conditions cannot hold.

No preemptive action:

No Preemption - A resource can be released only voluntarily by the process holding it after that process has finished its task

  • If a process which is holding some resources request another resource that can't be immediately allocated to it, in that situation, all resources will be released.
  • Preempted resources require the list of resources for a process that is waiting.
  • The process will be restarted only if it can regain its old resource and a new one that it is requesting.
  • If the process is requesting some other resource, when it is available, then it was given to the requesting process.
  • If it is held by another process that is waiting for another resource, we release it and give it to the requesting process.

Mutual Exclusion:

Mutual Exclusion is a full form of Mutex. It is a special type of binary semaphore which used for controlling access to the shared resource. It includes a priority inheritance mechanism to avoid extended priority inversion problems. It allows current higher priority tasks to be kept in the blocked state for the shortest time possible.

Resources shared such as read-only files never lead to deadlocks, but resources, like printers and tape drives, needs exclusive access by a single process.

Hold and Wait:

In this condition, processes must be stopped from holding single or multiple resources while simultaneously waiting for one or more others.

Circular Wait:

It imposes a total ordering of all resource types. Circular wait also requires that every process request resources in increasing order of enumeration.

Deadlock Avoidance

It is better to avoid a deadlock instead of taking action after the Deadlock has occurred. It needs additional information, like how resources should be used. Deadlock avoidance is the simplest and most useful model that each process declares the maximum number of resources of each type that it may need.

Avoidance Algorithms

The deadlock-avoidance algorithm helps you to dynamically assess the resource-allocation state so that there can never be a circular-wait situation.

A single instance of a resource type.

  • Use a resource-allocation graph
  • Cycles are necessary which are sufficient for Deadlock

Multiples instances of a resource type.

  • Cycles are necessary but never sufficient for Deadlock.
  • Uses the banker's algorithm

Difference Between Starvation and Deadlock

Here, are some important differences between Deadlock and starvation:

Deadlock Starvation
The deadlock situation occurs when one of the processes got blocked. Starvation is a situation where all the low priority processes got blocked, and the high priority processes execute.
Deadlock is an infinite process. Starvation is a long waiting but not an infinite process.
Every Deadlock always has starvation. Every starvation does n't necessarily have a deadlock.
Deadlock happens then Mutual exclusion, hold and wait. Here, preemption and circular wait do not occur simultaneously. It happens due to uncontrolled priority and resource management.

Advantages of Deadlock

Here, are pros/benefits of using Deadlock method

  • This situation works well for processes which perform a single burst of activity
  • No preemption needed for Deadlock.
  • Convenient method when applied to resources whose state can be saved and restored easily
  • Feasible to enforce via compile-time checks
  • Needs no run-time computation since the problem is solved in system design

Disadvantages of Deadlock method

Here, are cons/ drawback of using deadlock method

  • Delays process initiation
  • Processes must know future resource need
  • Pre-empts more often than necessary
  • Dis-allows incremental resource requests
  • Inherent preemption losses.

Summary:

  • Deadlock Definition: It is a situation that occurs in OS when any process enters a waiting state because another waiting process is holding the demanded resource
  • Circular waiting happens when one process is waiting for the resource, which is held by the second process, which is also waiting for the resource held by the third process etc.
  • A deadlock occurrence can be detected by the resource scheduler.
  • It's important to prevent a deadlock before it can occur.
  • A resource can be released only voluntarily by the process holding it after that process has finished its task.
  • Mutual Exclusion is a full form of Mutex. It is a special type of binary semaphore which used for controlling access to the shared resource.
  • Hold and wait is a condition where processes must be stopped from holding single or multiple resources while simultaneously waiting for one or more others.
  • Deadlock avoidance is the simplest and most useful model that each process declares the maximum number of resources of each type that it may need.
  • The deadlock-avoidance algorithm helps you to dynamically assess the resource-allocation state so that there can never be a circular-wait situation.
  • Deadlock is an infinite process, whereas starvation is a long waiting but not an infinite process.

 

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