Five philosophers sit around
a circular table. Each philosopher spends his life alternatively thinking and
eating. In the centre of the table is a large plate of spaghetti. A philosopher
needs two forks to eat a helping of spaghetti. Unfortunately, as philosophy
is not as well paid as computing, the philosophers can only afford five forks.
One fork is placed between each pair of philosophers and they agree that each
will only use the fork to his immediate right and left. The slider in the applet
below controls the amount of time that a philosopher spends eating and thinking.
Philosophers are depicted in yellow when they are thinking, blue when hungry
and green when eating.