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Professional Multicore Programming: Design and Implementation for C++ Developers Paperback – September 9, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470289624 ISBN-10: 0470289627 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470289627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470289624
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professional Multicore Programming: Design and Implementationfor C++ Developers

In order to increase overall system performance, computermanufacturers have opted to add more processors rather thanincrease clock frequency. In turn, if you want an application tobenefit from the next new processor, that application will have tobe modified to exploit multiprocessor computers. This practicalbook shifts the focus from sequential programming techniques toparallel and multithreaded programming techniques and introducesyou to the everyday fundamentals of programming for multiprocessorand multithreaded architectures.

This duo of experienced authors takes the complicated topics ofparallel processing and software concurrency and presents them in aclear, understandable manner. Their no-nonsense approach toprogramming multiprocessing and multithreading models, along withnumerous helpful examples, demonstrates how to execute successfulmulticore programming and enables you to harness the power of thenew multicore processors to their fullest potential.

What you will learn from this book

  • The various pitfalls, traps, and challenges of concurrencyprogramming and synchronization

  • Methods and techniques for debugging and testing multicoreprogramming

  • How to take advantage of processor-specific features usingcross-platform techniques

  • The role of the operating system in multicore programming

  • Ways to take advantage of framework classes as building blocksfor concurrency

  • How to reduce the complexity of task synchronization andcommunication through the use of interface classes

Who this book is for
This book is for developers of various skill levels who are makingthe move into multicore programming and applicationdevelopment.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written byworking programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers,developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, theyaddress the issues technology professionals face every day. Theyprovide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in newtechnologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Cameron Hughes is a professional software developer. He is asoftware engineer at CTEST Laboratories and a staffprogrammer/analyst at Youngstown State University. With over 15years as a software developer, Cameron Hughes has been involved insoftware development efforts of all sizes, from business andindustrial applications to aerospace design and developmentprojects. Cameron is the designer of the Cognopaedia and iscurrently project leader on the GRIOT project that runs on thePantheon at CTEST Laboratories. The Pantheon is a 24 node multicorecluster that is used in the development of multithreaded searchengine and text extraction programs.

Tracey Hughes is a senior graphics programmer at CTESTLaboratories, where she develops knowledge and informationvisualization software. Tracey Hughes is the lead designer for theM.I.N.D, C.R.A.I.G, and NOFAQS projects that utilize epistemicvisualization at CTEST Laboratories. She regularly contributes toLinux development software efforts. She is also a team member onthe GRIOT project.
Cameron and Tracey Hughes are also the authors of six books onsoftware development, multithreaded, and parallel programming:Parallel and Distributed Programming Using C (AddisonWesley, 2003), Linux Rapid Application Development (HungryMinds, 2000), Mastering the Standard C++ Classes(Wiley, 1999), Object - Oriented Multithreading Using C(Wiley, 1997), Collection and Container Classes in C++(Wiley, 1996), and Object - Oriented I/O Using CIostreams (Wiley, 1995).

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ankur on November 25, 2010
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This book is a complete waste of money. When I came across this book on the Amazon website, I thought it would be similar to "The Art of Multiprocessor Programming" by Herlihy et al., for C++ programmers and with a more practical (and less theoretical) approach (because its "Programmer to Programmer"). But this book comes nowhere near that one.
The content is *extremely* light and *extremely* superficial. Authors discuss topics like threads, processes, etc. in over 100 pages, including sub-topics like "monitoring processes with the ps utility", "killing a process - exit(), abort(), kill() calls". Seriously??? Does a multicore book aimed at professional programmers need to discuss this over 100 pages? Topics like mutexes, semaphores have been discussed only at an *introductory* level.

Issues like ABA problem, atomic variables, memory fences, etc are not mentioned even once!!!

The worst part is that the book spends close to 300 pages discussing UML and POSIX API's. This kind of information can be readily accessed on the internet.
I wish I had not bought this one.

UPDATE (29AUG2011):
As I learn more and more about multicore programming from other resources, my disdain for this book continues to grow. To be specific, things that are missing from this book which *must* be included in any book on this topic (apart from what I have already mentioned above):
- Lock free and wait free concepts and their advantages.
- Role of caches (false sharing, etc)
- Some introduction to NUMA architecture.
- Fine-grained locking

At most, what you will learn from this book is how to wrap boost::thread in your own class for OO programming and that's it!!!
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Chris Barber on December 13, 2008
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Professional Multicore Programming is covers lots of great stuff. The book gives you a great intro into parallel computing, then talks about using processes and threads to achieve parallelism. The examples focus on POSIX compliant systems such as Linux.

The book discusses Sun's UltraSparc T1 CPU and IBM's Cell Broadband Engine CPU and does a good job of explaining their architecture. I especially liked Appendix B where they explain 23 concurrency models. There is also a comprehensive POSIX process and threading reference section that comes in handy.
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By Alan A. on May 28, 2014
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This book has a 20k feet view approach to everything. It is strictly an intro book lacking on details. You will not learn how to program for multiple cores. Would not recommend.
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