Distributed Systems Concepts and Design 5th Edition

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Distributed Systems Concepts and Design 5th Edition

Distributed Systems Concepts and Design

About the Book:-

Book Name:- Distributed Systems Concepts and Design 5th Edition

Book Author:- George Coulouris, Jean Dollimore, Tim Kindberg, Gordon Blair

This fifth edition of our textbook appears at a time when the Internet and the Web continue to grow and have an impact on every aspect of our society. From a distributed systems perspective, these developments are placing substantial new demands on the underlying system infrastructure in terms of the range of applications and the workloads and system sizes supported by many modern systems. Important trends include the increasing diversity and ubiquity of networking technologies (including the increasing importance of wireless networks), the inherent integration of mobile and ubiquitous computing elements into the distributed systems infrastructure (leading to radically different physical architectures), the need to support multimedia services and the emergence of the cloud computing paradigm, which challenges our perspective of distributed systems services.

The book, Distributed Systems Concepts and Design aims to provide an understanding of the principles on which the Internet and other distributed systems are based; their architecture, algorithms and design; and how they meet the demands of contemporary distributed applications. We begin with a set of seven chapters that together cover the building blocks for a study of distributed systems. The first two chapters provide a conceptual overview of the subject, outlining the characteristics of distributed systems and the challenges that must be addressed in their design: scalability, heterogeneity, security and failure handling being the most significant. These chapters also develop abstract models for understanding process interaction, failure and security. They are followed by other foundational chapters devoted to the study of networking, interprocess communication, remote invocation,indirect communication and operating system support.

Distributed Systems Concepts and Design

The next set of chapters covers the important topic of middleware, examining different approaches to supporting distributed applications including distributed objects and components, web services and alternative peer-to-peer solutions. We then cover the well-established topics of security, distributed file systems and distributed naming
before moving on to important data-related aspects including distributed transactions and data replication. Algorithms associated with all these topics are covered as they arise and also in separate chapters devoted to timing, coordination and agreement.

The book, Distributed Systems Concepts and Design culminates in chapters that address the emerging areas of mobile and ubiquitous computing and distributed multimedia systems before presenting a substantial case study focusing on the design and implementation of the distributed systems infrastructure that supports Google both in terms of core search functionality and the increasing range of additional services offered by Google (for example, Gmail and Google Earth). This last chapter has an important role in illustrating how all the architectural concepts, algorithms and technologies introduced in the book can come together in a coherent overall design for a given application domain.

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