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Are there any good books to learn about distributed computing ? I work on large scale java applications. Recently my colleagues started talking about things like distributed cache, load balancing, BigMemory (Terracotta thing),parallel processing etc.,

Is there any good book that gives an introduction to these concepts.

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The latest edition of the book that was used in my distributed systems course is Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design, 5th Edition. I believe that the book used when I took the course was the 4th edition. The 5th edition appears to be more up-to-date with the latest technologies and techniques, such as mobile computing and web services. However, it does still contain some "legacy" topics, such as Java RMI and CORBA (which might be useful knowledge, but not necessarily applicable to new systems).

I can also recommend the Pattern Oriented Software Architecture series, especially Volume 2: Patterns for Concurrent and Networked Objects and Volume 4: A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing. These books are pattern catalogues, along the lines of the Gang of Four design patterns book, but with an emphasis on different types of systems.

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I'd also recommend the POSA books, but be sure you look before you buy. Volumes 2 and 4 cover the same topics from very different perspectives. I'm in a similar environment, and I found Vol 4 was a much better fit for my needs (extending an OSGi-based ESB). – TMN Nov 21 '11 at 14:49
I second Distributed Systems, Concepts and Designs. I used it in graduate school. – Google Nov 22 '11 at 11:56

I read the first, but not the second:
Principles of Concurrent and Distributed Programming (2nd Edition)

Programming Massively Parallel Processors

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Care to elaborate? Right now, this is hardly an answer. – back2dos Dec 25 '13 at 13:26

You gave a lot of keywords there. I don't know ny that cover all of them, but these served me well (and still do) as an introduction and reference for some aspects of parallel computing.

Using OpenMP: Portable Shared Memory Parallel Programming - OpenMP is easier to start with than MPI, which in turn is then easier to follow on, after you grasped the basic ideas.

Using MPI: Portable Parallel Programming with the Message-Passing Interface

Granted, these deal more with Fortran and C family of languages.

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