CHAPTER 11

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Parallel Programming

No book on asynchronous programming would be complete without discussing how to improve the performance of your computationally intensive algorithms. Back in March 2005, Herb Sutter, who works for Microsoft, coined the phrase “The free lunch is over,” and he wasn’t referring to the Microsoft canteen. He was referring to the fact that prior to that date, when engineers were faced with the need to make their code run faster, they had two choices. They could profile and optimize the code to squeeze a bit more out of the CPU, or just wait a few months and Intel would produce a new, faster CPU. The latter was known ...

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