Question: A software approach to mutual exclusion is Lamport s bakery algorithm

A software approach to mutual exclusion is Lamport’s bakery algorithm [LAMP74], so called because it is based on the practice in bakeries and other shops in which every customer receives a numbered ticket on arrival, allowing each to be served in turn. The algorithm is as follows:
boolean choosing[n];
int number[n];
while (true) {
choosing[i] = true;
number[i] = 1 + getmax(number[], n);
choosing[i] = false;
for (int j = 0; j < n; j++){
while (choosing[j]) { };
while ((number[j] != 0) && (number[j],j) < (number[i],i)) { };
/* critical section */;
number [i] = 0;
/* remainder */;
The arrays choosing and number are initialized to false and 0, respectively. The ith element of each array may be read and written by process i but only read by other processes. The notation (a, b) < (c, d) is defined as:
(a < c) or (a = c and b < d)
a. Describe the algorithm in words.
b. Show that this algorithm avoids deadlock.
c. Show that it enforces mutual exclusion.

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