• Unit 5: Deadlock

    Deadlock is a paralyzing process state resulting from improper CPU scheduling, process management, and synchronization management. During this time, processes are blocked as they compete for system resources or only communicate with each other. Although it cannot be guaranteed that deadlock may be avoided 100% of the time, it is important to know how to avoid the deadlocked state and how to recover from it once it has been achieved. We will build upon the previous two units of CPU Scheduling and Processes and Threads when discussing Deadlock. First, we will discuss what deadlock is by establishing a working definition and the conditions in which it presents itself. Then, we will talk about how to prevent and avoid deadlock. Finally, we will learn about deadlock detection, as well as methods for recovering from a deadlocked state.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 9 hours.

    • 5.1: Definition

    • 5.2: Deadlock Prevention and Avoidance

    • 5.3: Deadlock Detection and Recovery