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algorithm A scheduling algorithm in which processes are
activated in a fixed cyclic order. Those which cannot proceed
because they are waiting for some event (e.g. termination of a
child process or an input/output operation) simply return
control to the scheduler. The virtue of round-robin
scheduling is its simplicity - only the processes themselves
need to know what they are waiting for or how to tell if it
has happened. However, if a process goes back to sleep just
before the event for which it is waiting occurs then the event
will not get handled until all the other processes have been