Concurrency Conditions

There are certain conditions for concurrency. Here we have listed them for you in this article.

R(S_i) = \{ a_1, a_2, a_3,, a_m \}, the read set for S_i, is the set of all variables whose values are referenced in statement S_i during its execution.

W(S_i) = \{b_1, b_2, b_3,, b_n \}, the write set for S_i, is the set of all variables whose values are changed or written by the execution of statement S_i.


Consider the statement.

C:= A - B

The read set:

R(C:= A - B) = \{A, B\}

The write set:

W(C:= A - B) = \{C\}

The intersection of R(S_i) and W(S_i) need not be null.


Consider following statement:

X:= X + 2

The read set:

R(X:= X + 2) = \{ X \}

The write set:

W(X:= X + 2) = \{ X \}

Bernstein’s Conditions

The following three conditions must be satisfied for two successsive statements S_i and S_j to be exeuted concurrently and still produce the same results known as Bernstein’s conditions.

  • R(S_1) \cap W(S_2) = \{ \}.
  • W(S_1) \cap R(S_2) = \{ \}.
  • W(S_1) \cap W(S_2) = \{ \}.


Consider the following statements.

S_1: a:=x-y.
S_2: b:=z-1.

R(S_1) = \{ x, y \}.
R(S_2) = \{ z \}.
W(S_1) = \{ a \}.
W(S_2) = \{ b \}.

In the example above, all three conditions are satisfied. Therefore, the statement S_1 and S_2 can be executed concurrently.

We could use the precedence graph, but the precedence graph cannot be used in programming as it is a two-dimensional object. Moreover, it only shows the dependency relationship between statements.

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