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The field of concurrent computing has gained in importance after major chip manufacturers switched their focus from increasing the speed of individual processors to increasing the number of processors on a chip. The computer industry has thus been calling for a software revolution: the concurrency revolution. A major challenge underlying this paradigm shift is creating a library of abstractions that developers can use for general purpose concurrent programming. We study in this book how to define and build such abstractions in a rigorous manner. We focus on those that are considered the most difficult to get right and have the highest impact on the overall performance of a program: synchronization abstractions, also called shared objects or concurrent data structures. The book is intended for software developers and students. It began as a set of lecture notes for courses given at EPFL and Télécom Paris.


  • 1. Introduction
  • I. Correctness
  • 2. Linearizability
  • 3. Progress
  • II. Read-Write objects
  • 4. Semantics of Read-Write Objects
  • 5. Basic Register Reductions
  • 6. Timestamp-Based Reductions
  • 7. Optimal Atomic Bit
  • 8. Bounded Atomic Multivalued Register Implementation
  • III. Snapshot Objects
  • 9. Collects and Snapshots
  • 10. Immediate Snapshot and Iterated Immediate Snapshot
  • IV. Consensus Objects
  • 11. Consensus and Universality
  • 12. Consensus Number and Hierarchy
  • V. Schedulers
  • 13.Resilience
  • 14. Failure Detectors
  • 15. Adversaries
  • 16. Bibliography
  • 17. Index


Publisher: EPFL Press English Imprint

Author(s): Rachid Guerraoui, Petr Kuznetsov

Collection: Computer Science

Published: 15 october 2018

Edition: 1st edition

Media: Book

Pages count Book: 256

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 240

Weight (in grammes): 466

Language(s): English

EAN13 Book: 9782889152834

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