critical section


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critical section

A non-re-entrant piece of code that can only be executed by one process at a time. It will usually terminate in bounded time and a process will only have to wait a bounded time to enter it. Some synchronisation mechanism is required at the entry and exit of the critical section to ensure exclusive use.

critical section

In structures, that section or position where failure is most likely to occur.
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Flexural design is generally quite straight forward and involves the design of a number of critical sections in a beam [1].
The critical section of this pipeline crosses the Jansz shelf escarpment, which is considered one of the most significant challenges on the Gorgon project's offshore scope.
It shows that parallel performance is fundamentally limited by synchronization and more specifically, critical section size and their contention probability.
k] is the pressure in the critical section, or the energy related to a corresponding volume.
However, shortly after the highly critical section dealing with "corporate gover nance" was published the council's ruling cabinet resolved "to accept the criticisms unreservedly and the recommendations designed to help the council move forward".
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For the student of black intellectual history this is a critical section, for it provides an overview of black religious scholars' attempts to tackle the issue of race, and astutely points out their shortcomings.
The most persuasively critical section of The Voice of the Heart is its chapter on perspective, with its analysis of the generally adverse effect of the pluperfect on narrative flow.
In a speech before the American Foreign Policy Council, Sherman -- a leading hawk on Iran -- maintained that people are ignoring the most critical section of the explosive report: a footnote confirming Iran still has 3,000 centrifuges that could provide it enough material to build a nuclear weapon within a decade.
In the critical section of the NDE such variant readings will receive detailed commentary and the evidence made accessible in note examples.
This road was up to design capacity within a few months of it being opened in the early 1990s, while the success of the MetroCentre added to the traffic using the critical section between Lobley Hill and Swalwell.

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