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Parallel Programming: August 2011 Update

This release of the parallel programming book features a new data-ownership chapter, the start of a new validation chapter, and lots of fixes, primarily from Elie De Brauwer.

I expect to put out the next release in December. I will continue on validation, and hopefully get a few other things accomplished.

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


Aug. 30th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
thanks for the book
Thanks a lot, Paul. Although most of the content is beyond my comprehension, the cartoons make it enjoyable to skim through the book :-D By the way, do you have any idea why all academic papers prefer to have 2 columns per page? I wonder if the first academic to come out with this layout is a sadist who enjoys torturing others with small font size.
Aug. 31st, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)
Why are academic papers double-column?
The reason is that double-column format gets more content per page. One way to see this is to consider that the a paragraph in single-column format will waste on average half a line, while a paragraph in double-column format will waste on average one quarter of a line (half of a column).

Of course, this should matter less as paper becomes less prevalent, and is why this book is available in both single-column and double-column formats. (That said, the single-column format does need a bit of help from someone with better Latex skills than I have.)