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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 2 edition (March 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471453242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471453246
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a second edition of a well-received graduate course textbook dealing with the important field of distributed computing." (Computing Reviews.com, May 10, 2006)

"...the authors take readers through these notoriously difficult subjects and ably demystify puzzling buzzwords…" (IEEE Distributed Systems Online, March 2005)

"The authors present the fundamental issues underlying the design of distributed systems…as well as fundamental algorithmic concepts and lower-bound techniques." (IEEE Computer Magazine, October 2004)

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"This text provides a well-written, thoroughly thought-out introduction to the theory of distributed computing. For the first time, the fundamentals of distributed computing will be accessible to nonspecialists."
–Maurice Herlihy
Computer Science Department, Brown University, on the first edition

A Clear Path To Understanding Distributed Computing

The explosive growth of distributed computing systems makes understanding them imperative. To make this notoriously difficult subject accessible, Distributed Computing: Fundamentals, Simulations, and Advanced Topics; Second Edition, provides a solid introduction to the mathematical foundations and theory of distributed computing, highlighting common themes and basic techniques.

The authors present the fundamental issues underlying the design of distributed systems–communication, coordination, synchronization, and uncertainty–as well as fundamental algorithmic concepts and lower-bound techniques. The book’s unifying approach emphasizes the similarities between different models and explains inherent discrepancies between them. Focusing on ideas rather than optimizations, the book discusses major models of distributed computing, including:

  • Message passing and shared memory communication; synchronous and asynchronous timing models, failures, proofs of correctness, and lower bounds
  • Leader election, mutual exclusion, and consensus
  • Causality of events and clock synchronization
  • Simulations between models of distributed computing
  • Advanced topics including randomization, the wait-free hierarchy, asynchronous solvability, and failure detectors

With new material on such subjects as fast mutual exclusion and queue locks, and improved coverage of existing material throughout, this Second Edition will serve as a comprehensive textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and as a key reference for researchers and practicing professionals.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've struggled to read this text, since it contains many very recent results distilled into intelligently organized chapters. Unfortunately, even though this book is intended for a savvy audience, the text is often too detailed and technical, while important "big picture" intuition is never relayed. Frequent errors in the algorithms and proofs, ranging from simple subscript swaps to more subtle errors in logic to the (rarer) complete lack of logic make this a difficult book to recommend. In addition, the exercises are frequently too vague (sometimes meaningless) -- this book is definitely not recommended for class work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sherif Fadel on January 30, 2006
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This is a good book in the field of distributed computing, but it is very mathematically oriented. It concentrates on impossibility proofs and lower bound proofs. I advise people new to this material to read a more descriptive book before reading this one
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I used this book for teaching an under-graduate primer course in distributed computing. The book is readable, coherent, well-structured and very efficient as a textbook. It strikes a good balance between the sea of details and the basic principles. I am familiar with the core of this book since it was a collection of lecture notes (alas, no longer available). It's a pity that some important topics have been omitted from the book version (e.g., Gallager, Humblett, Spira alg). There are some minor errors and imperfections in pseudocodes and exercise definitions which are a little bit annoying. That's why I'm giving this book four points and not five. Bottom line: I would recommend this book as a course textbook.
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