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In terms of performance, if no other party in the system needs any resources, it may be better to be busy-waiting instead of blocking because right when the lock frees, the thread can immediately continue, whereas if we used a mutex , we would have to wait for the system to put and schedule the thread back on the processor.


For example, in our homework assignments (for the most part), we have planned our programs around using the entirety of the computing resources. If necessary, design decisions would not have been based on keeping resources free for anyone else. While we're not told how OpenMP implements the critical section, for our WSP program, busy waiting would have been acceptable.