blocked process

blocked process

[¦bläkt ′prä‚ses]
(computer science)
A program that is running on a computer but is temporarily prevented from making progress because it requires some resource (such as a printer or user input) that is not immediately available.
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The set of processes for which a blocked process P is waiting is called its dependent set; the dependent set contains the direct successors, the neighbors, of P in the WFG [2].