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A trace is the sequence of operations (and their data) performed in a particular run of a concurrent program.Equivalently, it is the sequence of states during a run i.e. , the collection of variable and program counter values.
An atomic operation is indivisible. A context switch to another process cannot happen during this operation.

Both the syntax and semantics of the concurrency primitives can vary among programming languages and concurrency libraries.We will use a particular language, Promela , which implements the most commonly-used features ofconcurrent programs. In Promela,assignment statements are defined to be atomic. We'll later contrast atomic with non-atomic assignment statements.

Problems with concurrency

Programmers are comfortable with debugging single-threaded code, where most questions involve ``doesthis sequence of instructions compute the correct answer?''Concurrency, however, introduces the added complications of communication and synchronization;a single task may be spread across several sequences of instructions running asynchronously,and multiple threads can interact in unintended ways. The following are five common categories of problems with concurrency.

(Informal) Deadlock is when two or more threads stop and wait for each other.
(Informal) Livelock is when two or more threads continue to execute,but make no progress toward the ultimate goal.

Deadlock vs. livelock

As an analogy, consider two people walking in a hallway towards each other. The hallway is wide enough for twopeople to pass. Of interest is what happens when the two people meet.If on the same side of the hallway, a polite strategy is to step to the other side.A more belligerent strategy is to wait for the other person to move. Two belligerent people will suffer in deadlock, glaringface to face in front of each other. Two polite people could suffer from livelockif they repeatedly side-step simultaneously. (No conclusions on morality are to be inferred fromthe fact that one polite and one belligerent person don't have any problems.)

Two belligerent hallway-walkers can deadlock.
(Informal) Fairness is the idea that each thread gets a turn to make progress.

There are more specific notions of fairness that describe when and how often threads are guaranteed to get a turn.For example, do we expect that each thread should be executed as often as any other, or is it acceptable if one runs a hundred stepsfor each step of any other thread? When considering fairness, one must also consider the system codeimplementing the threads. The implementation includes a scheduler that determines how to interleave the threads, and the schedulermight or might not provide any fairness guarantees.

(Informal) Starvation is when some thread gets deferred forever.

Fairness and starvation

Assume we are modeling a store. Consumers buy products, reducing the shelf inventory. Meanwhile, employees restockthe shelves, increasing the shelf inventory. More simply, let thread C be a loop that repeatedly decrements a counter, and thread P be a loop that repeatedly increments that same counter.

Unless our scheduler (which may be nature) otherwise gives some guarantees,this system does not ensure that the two threads execute fairly.In particular, it is possible for one thread to starve the other.

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are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
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That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
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after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
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