CHAPTER 11

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Concurrency

CPU manufacturers have recently struggled to improve CPU frequencies at the same rate of progress as was possible in the 1990s. CPU performance improvements over time have been maintained by clever CPU design and multiple processors being included on a single chip. This means programmers today must embrace concurrent programming or multithreaded programming if they wish their programs to perform quickly on modern computer chips.

Concurrent programming can be a challenge for programmers to get right. Many pitfalls await concurrent programs, including data that gets out of sync and therefore is wrong as well as deadlocks once ...

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