Preface

All computers are now parallel computers, so we assert that all programmers are, or should be, parallel programmers. With parallel programming now mainstream, it simply needs to be included in the definition of “programming” and be part of the skill set of all software developers. Unfortunately, many existing texts on parallel programming are overspecialized, with too much emphasis given to particular programming models or particular computer architectures. At the other extreme, several existing texts approach parallel computing as an abstract field of study and provide the reader with insufficient information to actually write real applications. We saw a need for a text on parallel programming treating the topic in a mainstream, pragmatic ...

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