Chapter 1. Introduction


"For over a decade prophets have voiced the contention that the organization of a single computer has reached its limits and that truly significant advances can be made only by interconnection of a multiplicity of computers."

 --Gene Amdahl, 1967

Although the discipline of concurrent programming has a long history, it gained a lot of traction in recent years with the arrival of multicore processors. The recent development in computer hardware not only revived some classical concurrency techniques, but also started a major paradigm shift in concurrent programming. At a time, when concurrency is becoming so important, an understanding of concurrent programming is an essential skill for every software developer.

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