The Concurrency Problem

Vol. 6 No. 5 – September 2008

The Concurrency Problem

Articles

Real-World Concurrency

In this look at how concurrency affects practitioners in the real world, Cantrill and Bonwick argue that much of the anxiety over concurrency is unwarranted.

by Bryan Cantrill, Jeff Bonwick

Erlang for Concurrent Programming

What role can programming languages play in dealing with concurrency? One answer can be found in Erlang, a language designed for concurrency from the ground up.

by Jim Larson

Parallel Programming with Transactional Memory

While sometimes even writing regular, single-threaded programs can be quite challenging, trying to split a program into multiple pieces that can be executed in parallel adds a whole dimension of additional problems. Drawing upon the transaction concept familiar to most programmers, transactional memory was designed to solve some of these problems and make parallel programming easier. Ulrich Drepper from Red Hat shows us how it's done.

by Ulrich Drepper

Software Transactional Memory: Why Is It Only a Research Toy?

The promise of STM may likely be undermined by its overheads and workload applicabilities.

by Calin Cascaval, Colin Blundell, Maged Michael, Harold W. Cain, Peng Wu, Stefanie Chiras, Siddhartha Chatterjee

Interviews

A Conversation with Steve Bourne, Eric Allman, and Bryan Cantrill

In part two of their discussion, our editorial board members consider XP and Agile.

Curmudgeon

Affine Romance

Buyer (and seller) beware

by Stan Kelly-Bootle

Kode Vicious

Beautiful Code Exists, if You Know Where to Look

Dear KV, I've been reading your rants in Queue for a while now and I can't help asking, is there any code you do like? You always seem so negative; I really wonder if you actually believe the world of programming is such an ugly place or if there is, somewhere, some happy place that you go to but never tell your readers about.

by George Neville-Neil