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Concurrency Theory: Calculi an Automata for Modelling Untimed and Timed Concurrent Systems (Hardback)
  • Concurrency Theory: Calculi an Automata for Modelling Untimed and Timed Concurrent Systems (Hardback)

Concurrency Theory: Calculi an Automata for Modelling Untimed and Timed Concurrent Systems (Hardback)

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Hardback 422 Pages / Published: 21/12/2005
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Intheworldweliveinconcurrencyisthenorm.Forexample,thehumanbody isamassivelyconcurrentsystem,comprisingahugenumberofcells,allsim- taneously evolving and independently engaging in their individual biological processing.Inaddition,inthebiologicalworld,trulysequentialsystemsrarely arise. However, they are more common when manmade artefacts are cons- ered. In particular, computer systems are often developed from a sequential perspective. Why is this? The simple reason is that it is easier for us to think about sequential, rather than concurrent, systems. Thus, we use sequentiality as a device to simplify the design process. However, the need for increasingly powerful, ?exible and usable computer systems mitigates against simplifying sequentiality assumptions. A good - ample of this is the all-powerful position held by the Internet, which is highly concurrent at many di?erent levels of decomposition. Thus, the modern c- puter scientist (and indeed the modern scientist in general) is forced to think aboutconcurrentsystemsandthesubtleandintricatebehaviourthatemerges from the interaction of simultaneously evolving components. Over a period of 25 years, or so, the ?eld of concurrency theory has been involved in the development of a set of mathematical techniques that can help system developers to think about and build concurrent systems. These theories are the subject matter of this book.

Publisher: Springer London Ltd
ISBN: 9781852338954
Number of pages: 422
Weight: 847 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 25 mm
Edition: 2006 ed.


From the reviews:

"This book covers a wide range of results from works in concurrency theory ... . scientists and students doing research in various related areas such as concurrency control or parallel computing will find this book quite useful. ... the book represents a comprehensive coverage of the development of concurrency theory reflecting the historical progression of the field. ... The book undoubtedly will suit students and specialists doing research in concurrency theory ... ." (Alekber Aliyev, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1140, 2008)

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