Here, the authors propose a method for the formal development of parallel programs - or multiprograms as they prefer to call them. They accomplish this with a minimum of formal gear, i.e. with the predicate calculus and the well- established theory of Owicki and Gries. They show that the Owicki/Gries theory can be effectively put to work for the formal development of multiprograms, regardless of whether these algorithms are distributed or not.
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In this book, a programming model is developed that addresses the fundamental issues of 'large-scale programming'. The approach unifies several concepts from database theory, object-oriented programming and designs of reactive systems. The model and the associated theory has been christened "Seuss." The major goal of Seuss is to simplify multiprogramming. To this end, the concern of concurrent implementation is separated from the core program design problem. A program execution is understood as a single thread of control - sequential executions of actions that are chosen according to some scheduling policy. As a consequence, it is possible to reason about the properties of a program from its single execution thread.
Communicate, explore, create.... As illustrated by the electronically generated cover image, computers can unleash your productivity, imagination, and creativity. In Understanding Computers, 98 Edition, Charles S. Parker helps prepare you not only for the present but also for the constantly changing future. The text is packed with leading-edge topics like intranets, webcasting, Java, 3-D interfaces, digital video disks, and more. In addition to learning about current technological issues, you'll gain a firm understanding of the fundamental concepts of computers explained in a clear, straightforward style. Book jacket.