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© January 1997 Tony Lawrence

Order (or just read more about) SMP and Caching from Amazon.com

Everything you ever wanted to know about SMP, and more than I ever wanted to know about caches.

This is another book I found useful while studying for Sun exams. Beyond that, though, it's a great introduction to the problems of multiprocessor machines.

More than half the book deals with cacheing issues, which is to be expected. There is a small (very small) review of Unix internals, and then it dives right into caches: virtual, physical, virtual with keys and on it goes. After that, 150 pages or so on multiprocessing, and then back into caches, this time from a multiiprocessor perspective.

Worth reading even if you only want a better understanding of multiprocessing. With the coming advent of clusters, it's worthwhile to understand this as a comparison point.

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