Distributed Computing Through Combinatorial Topology

Distributed Computing Through Combinatorial Topology describes techniques for analyzing distributed algorithms based on award winning combinatorial topology research. The authors present a solid theoretical foundation relevant to many real systems reliant on parallelism with unpredictable delays, such as multicore microprocessors, wireless networks, distributed systems, and Internet protocols.

Today, a new student or researcher must assemble a collection of scattered conference publications, which are typically terse and commonly use different notations and terminologies. This book provides a self-contained explanation of the mathematics to readers with computer science backgrounds, as well as explaining computer science concepts to readers with backgrounds in applied mathematics. The first section presents mathematical notions and models, including message passing and shared-memory systems, failures, and timing models. The next section presents core concepts in two chapters each: first, proving a simple result that lends itself to examples and pictures that will build up readers’ intuition; then generalizing the concept to prove a more sophisticated result. The overall result weaves together and develops the basic concepts of the field, presenting them in a gradual and intuitively appealing way. The book’s final section discusses advanced topics typically found in a graduate-level course for those who wish to explore further.

  • Gathers knowledge otherwise spread across research and conference papers using consistent notations and a standard approach to facilitate understanding
  • Presents unique insights applicable to multiple computing fields, including multicore microprocessors, wireless networks, distributed systems, and Internet protocols
  • Synthesizes and distills material into a simple, unified presentation with examples, illustrations, and exercises

Table of Contents
Part I: Fundamentals
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Two-Process Systems
Chapter 3. Elements of Combinatorial Topology

Part II: Colorless Tasks
Chapter 4. Colorless Wait-free Computation
Chapter 5. Solvability of Colorless Tasks
Chapter 6. Byzantine Colorless Computation
Chapter 7. Simulations and Reductions

Part III: General Tasks
Chapter 8. Read-Write Protocols for General Tasks
Chapter 9. Manifold Protocols
Chapter 10. Connectivity
Chapter 11. Wait-Free Computability for General Tasks

Part IV: Advanced Topics
Chapter 12. Renaiming and Oriented Manifolds
Chapter 13. Task Solvability in Different Communication Models
Chapter 14. Colored Simulations and Reductions
Chapter 15. Classifying Loop Agreement Tasks
Chapter 16. Immediate Snapshot Subdivisions

Book Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann (December 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0124045782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0124045781
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