The Little Book of Semaphores, Second Edition

Introduces the principles of synchronization for concurrent programming. Covers the classical problems, including Readers-writers, Producer-consumer, and Dining Philosophers, plus a number of not-so-classical problems.

**Tag(s):**
Concurrent Programming

**Publication date**: 20 Mar 2009

**ISBN-10**:
1441418687

**ISBN-13**:
9781441418685

**Paperback**:
294 pages

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**Publisher**:
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

**License**:
GNU Free Documentation License

**Post time**: 20 Feb 2007 11:03:45

The Little Book of Semaphores, Second Edition

Introduces the principles of synchronization for concurrent programming. Covers the classical problems, including Readers-writers, Producer-consumer, and Dining Philosophers, plus a number of not-so-classical problems.

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Book Summary:

The Little Book of Semaphores is a free (in both senses of the word) textbook that introduces the principles of synchronization for concurrent programming.

In most computer science curricula, synchronization is a module in an Operating Systems class. OS textbooks present a standard set of problems with a standard set of solutions, but most students don't get a good understanding of the material or the ability to solve similar problems.

The approach of this book is to identify patterns that are useful for a variety of synchronization problems and then show how they can be assembled into solutions. After each problem, the book offers a hint before showing a solution, giving students a better chance of discovering solutions on their own.

The book covers the classical problems, including Readers-writers, Producer-consumer, and Dining Philosophers. In addition, it collects a number of not-so-classical problems, some written by the author and some by other teachers and textbook writers. Readers are invited to create and submit new problems.

Allen B. Downey wrote:This is a Free Book, which means that anyone is welcome to read, copy, modify and redistribute it, subject to the restrictions of the license, which is the GNU Free Documentation License. I hope that people will find this book useful, but I also hope they will help continue to develop it by sending in corrections, suggestions, and additional material. Thanks!

Book Summary:

The Little Book of Semaphores is a free (in both senses of the word) textbook that introduces the principles of synchronization for concurrent programming.

In most computer science curricula, synchronization is a module in an Operating Systems class. OS textbooks present a standard set of problems with a standard set of solutions, but most students don't get a good understanding of the material or the ability to solve similar problems.

The approach of this book is to identify patterns that are useful for a variety of synchronization problems and then show how they can be assembled into solutions. After each problem, the book offers a hint before showing a solution, giving students a better chance of discovering solutions on their own.

The book covers the classical problems, including Readers-writers, Producer-consumer, and Dining Philosophers. In addition, it collects a number of not-so-classical problems, some written by the author and some by other teachers and textbook writers. Readers are invited to create and submit new problems.

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About The Author(s)

Allen B. Downey (born May 11, 1967) is an American computer scientist, Professor of Computer Science at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and writer of free textbooks. Downey received in 1989 his BS and in 1990 his MA, both in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997.

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