Chapter 7. Purely functional parallelism

Because modern computers have multiple cores per CPU, and often multiple CPUs, it’s more important than ever to design programs in such a way that they can take advantage of this parallel processing power. But the interaction of programs that run with parallelism is complex, and the traditional mechanism for communication among execution threads—shared mutable memory—is notoriously difficult to reason about. This can all too easily result in programs that have race conditions and deadlocks, aren’t readily testable, and don’t scale well.

In this chapter, we’ll build a purely functional library for creating parallel and asynchronous computations. We’ll rein in the complexity inherent in parallel programs ...

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