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June 1, 2009

The Art of Concurrency--New from O'Reilly: A Thread Monkey's Guide to Writing Parallel Applications

Sebastopol, CA—If you're looking to take full advantage of multi-core processors with concurrent programming, The Art of Concurrency (O'Reilly, US $44.99), by Clay Breshears, provides the knowledge and hands-on experience you need. The book is one of the few resources that focuses on implementing algorithms in the shared-memory model of multicore processors, rather than just theoretical models or distributed-memory architectures. The book provides detailed explanations and usable samples to help you transform algorithms from serial to parallel code, along with advice and analysis for avoiding mistakes that programmers typically make when first attempting these computations.

Written by a senior Intel engineer with over two decades of parallel and concurrent programming experience, this book will help you:

  • Explore differences between programming for shared-memory and distributed-memory
  • Learn guidelines for designing multithreaded applications, including testing and tuning
  • Discover how to make best use of different threading libraries, including Windows threads, POSIX threads, OpenMP, and Intel Threading Building Blocks
  • Explore how to implement concurrent algorithms that involve sorting, searching, graphs, and other practical computations

The Art of Concurrency shows you how to keep algorithms scalable to take advantage of new processors with even more cores. For developing parallel code algorithms and for concurrent programming, this book is essential.

"This is a luscious book that actually delivers on its title. You cannot teach art, but you can allow the apprentice glimpses of the adept. As someone who spent 30+ years working for supercomputer companies, and who has now been an academic for almost 10 years, I can say without question that this book rings true."
– Tom Murphy, Computer Science program chair, Contra Costa College

"Finally, a book with a practical focus on concurrency, including many real-world nontrivial algorithms that are analyzed in ways to improve performance using parallel programming techniques."
– Mike Pearce, Parallel Computing Scale Manager, Intel Software Network

For a review copy or more information please email kathrynb@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Clay Breshears is currently a Course Architect for the Intel Software College, specializing in multi-core and multithreaded programming and training.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596521530

The Art of Concurrency
Clay Breshears
ISBN: 9780596521530, 302 pages,
Book Price: $44.99 USD, £34.50 GBP
Ebook Price: $35.99 USD

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