The Origin of Concurrent Programming: From Semaphores to Remote Procedure Calls / Edition 1

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This book is a collection of original papers written by the computer scientists who made the major breakthroughs in concurrent programming. It covers the pioneering era of the field, from the semaphores of the mid 1960s to the remote procedure calls of the late 1970s.

"The Origin of Concurrent Programming" presents 19 seminal papers by E. W. Dijkstra, P. Brinch Hansen, and C. A. R. Hoare.

While focusing on contributions of major and lasting importance, the book:

* Features an essay that summarizes the papers and puts them in historical perspective.

* Builds on fundamental programming concepts, such as speed independence, fair scheduling, mutual exclusion, deadlock prevention, and process communication.

* Covers the invention of programming notation for semaphores, conditional critical regions, monitors, synchronous message communication, and remote procedure calls.

* Captures the historic contribution of concurrent programming to our understanding of operating system principles.

* Illustrates the use of semaphores, message buffers, and monitors in the systematic design of operating systems.

* Describes secure programming languages based on monitors and synchronous message communication.

* Includes a bibliography of 160 papers and books on concurrent programming.

Edited by a computer pioneer, "The Origin of Concurrent Programming" is an essential reader on the historic development of concurrent programming. It is an invaluable resource for students, researchers and professionals who are familiar with operating system principles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387954011
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 534
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

The Invention of Concurrent Programming 3
Pt. I Conceptual Innovation
1 Cooperating Sequential Processes 65
2 The Structure of the THE Multiprogramming System 139
3 RC 4000 Software: Multiprogramming System 153
4 Hierarchical Ordering of Sequential Processes 198
Pt. II Programming Language Concepts
5 Towards a Theory of Parallel Programming 231
6 An Outline of a Course on Operating System Principles 245
7 Structured Multiprogramming 255
8 Shared Classes 265
9 Monitors: An Operating System Structuring Concept 272
Pt. III Concurrent Programming Languages
10 The Programming Language Concurrent Pascal 297
Pt. IV Model Operating Systems
11 The Solo Operating System: A Concurrent Pascal Program 321
12 The Solo Operating System: Processes, Monitors and Classes 334
13 Design Principles 382
Pt. V Distributed Computing
14 A Synthesis Emerging? 397
15 Communicating Sequential Processes 413
16 Distributed Processes: A Concurrent Programming Concept 444
17 Joyce - A Programming Language for Distributed Systems 464
Pt. VI Implementation Issues
18 SuperPascal: A Publication Language for Parallel Scientific Computing 495
19 Efficient Parallel Recursion 525
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