Readings for Lunch — [ 27 Nov 2017 ]

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CONCURRENCY

Designing a lock-free-wait-free hashmap

Wait-free algorithms attract vast interest and are an area of intense research, the motivation being that true lock-free algorithms and data structures provide great benefits in terms of performance and scalability over lock-based variants.
However designing lock-free systems isn’t a simple matter.

WORLD

Saudi Arabia’s Arab spring, at last

I never thought I’d live long enough to write this sentence: The most significant reform process underway anywhere in the Middle East today is in Saudi Arabia.
Yes, you read that right.