Intel Threading Building Blocks

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Multi-core chips from Intel and AMD offer a dramatic boost in speed and responsiveness, and plenty of opportunities for multiprocessing on ordinary desktop computers. But they also present a challenge: More than ever, multithreading is a requirement for good performance. This guide explains how to maximize the benefits of these processors through a portable C++ library that works on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Unix systems. With it, you'll learn how to use Intel Threading Building Blocks (TBB) effectively for ...

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Intel Threading Building Blocks: Outfitting C++ for Multi-core Processor Parallelism

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Overview

Multi-core chips from Intel and AMD offer a dramatic boost in speed and responsiveness, and plenty of opportunities for multiprocessing on ordinary desktop computers. But they also present a challenge: More than ever, multithreading is a requirement for good performance. This guide explains how to maximize the benefits of these processors through a portable C++ library that works on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Unix systems. With it, you'll learn how to use Intel Threading Building Blocks (TBB) effectively for parallel programming — without having to be a threading expert.

Written by James Reinders, Chief Evangelist of Intel Software Products, and based on the experience of Intel's developers and customers, this book explains the key tasks in multithreading and how to accomplish them with TBB in a portable and robust manner. With plenty of examples and full reference material, the book lays out common patterns of uses, reveals the gotchas in TBB, and gives important guidelines for choosing among alternatives in order to get the best performance.

You'll learn how Intel Threading Building Blocks:

  • Enables you to specify tasks instead of threads for better portability, easier programming, more understandable source code, and better performance and scalability in general
  • Focuses on the goal of parallelizing computationally intensive work to deliver high-level solutions
  • Is compatible with other threading packages, and doesn't force you to pick one package for your entire program
  • Emphasizes scalable, data-parallel programming, which allows program performance to increase as you add processors
  • Relies on generic programming, which enables you to write the best possible algorithms with the fewest constraints


Any C++ programmer who wants to write an application to run on a multi-core system will benefit from this book. TBB is also very approachable for a C programmer or a C++ programmer without much experience with templates. Best of all, you don't need experience with parallel programming or multi-core processors to use this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596514808
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/19/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

James Reinders, Chief Evangelist of Intel Software Products, is a senior engineer who joined Intel Corporation in 1989 and has contributed to a number of projects, including the world's first TeraFLOP supercomputer (ASCI Red), compilers and architecture work for the iWarp, Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Itanium, and Pentium 4 processors. He has years of experience in processor architecture, optimizing compilers, parallel computer architecture, and making products for software developers.

Reinders is also the editorial columnist for the monthly "The Gauntlet" at www.devX.go-parallel.com, as well as the author of the Intel Press book titled "VTune Performance Analyzer Essentials" and contributor to the new book "Multi-Core Programming."

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Note from the Lead Developer of Intel Threading Building Blocks

Preface

Chapter 1: Why Threading Building Blocks?

Chapter 2: Thinking Parallel

Chapter 3: Basic Algorithms

Chapter 4: Advanced Algorithms

Chapter 5: Containers

Chapter 6: Scalable Memory Allocation

Chapter 7: Mutual Exclusion

Chapter 8: Timing

Chapter 9: Task Scheduler

Chapter 10: Keys to Success

Chapter 11: Examples

Chapter 12: History and Related Projects

Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    'must read' to prep for multi-core programming in C++

    Perfect read for parallel programming in C or C++. Parallel programming is a topic all programmers need to study - this book is the best book on the market on this topic for any programmer looking to use multi-core processors - and I've looked at many. The introduction is brilliant, and the book is full of examples which are well explained to make learning easy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    'must have' book for C or C++ developers

    I've been thinking about multi-core processors and how to write for concurrency - and along comes this book. It not only presents a strong case for using threading building blocks - but it offered a fantastic introduction to the overall topic of parallel programming for multi-core. The book is amazingly approachable yet detailed - well written, and is a 'must read' for C++ and C programmers.

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