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Parallel Programming: August 2012 Update

This release of the parallel programming book features a completion of the functional-testing validation chapter (performance testing likely gets a separate chapter), updates to the locking and transactional-memory sections, and lots of fixes, primarily from Namhyung Kim, but with a fix to a particularly gnarly memory-ordering example from David Ungar. (The ppcmem tool is even more highly recommended as a result.)

This release is rather late. This tardiness was in roughly equal parts due to:

  1. Inertia.
  2. Unexpected requests for more information on hardware transactional memory.
  3. Frequent changes in approach to the validation chapter.
  4. A sudden desire to add a third example to the "Partitioning and Synchronization Design" chapter. This was motivated by seeing people blog on the difficulty of solving mazes in parallel, and it would indeed be difficult if you confined yourself to their designs. However, the results were surprising, so much so that I published paper describing a scalable solution, which was not simply embarrassingly parallel, but rather humiliatingly parallel. Which means that this chapter is still short a third example.

Future releases will hopefully return to the 3-4 per year originally intended.

As always, git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/paulmck/perfbook.git will be updated in real time.

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