Ah, I know of semaphore from computer science. A variable that acts as a “railway switch” or a chaparone (or wedding planner) that controls complex activity in a multi agent system as a gatekeeper, answering the question, “Given the available resources, is NOW a good time to execute this function?”

Ah, I know of semaphore from computer science. A variable that acts as a “railway switch” or a chaparone (or wedding planner) that controls complex activity in a multi agent system as a gatekeeper, answering the question, “Given the available resources, is NOW a good time to execute this function?”

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Semaphores in computer science is usually introduced by solving the “Dining Philosopher Problem”.
 
I suspect there is an “in-joke” by making it philosophers.
 
https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/operating-system-dining-philosopher-problem-using-semaphores/
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