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   Cloud computing basics: a non-technical introduction
Lisdorf A.,  Apress, New York, NY, 2021. 208 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484269-20-6)

I was expecting to learn about cloud technologies like Xen/Citrix/VMware virtualization, Kubernetes clusters, and how to use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)/Simple Storage Service (S3) compute/storage services. What I got instead was a set ...

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   Computer networks: a systems approach (6th ed.)
Peterson L., Davie B.,  Morgan Kaufmann, Cambridge, MA, 2022. 848 pp. Type: Book (978-1-281820-08-2)

The field of computer science and engineering is advancing rapidly, especially in the area of computer networking. As the speed of networks increases, large amounts of data can be transferred at the speed of light. This makes more advanced applica...

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  Practical doomsday: a user’s guide to the end of the world
Zalewski M.,  No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2022. 250 pp. Type: Book (978-1-718502-12-3)

Why is this book relevant to computing professionals? When this book was made available for review, I was curious about why it was listed, and I selected it. We all have digital assets that we protect. In day-to-day behavior, we back up our data ...

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  SARDE: a framework for continuous and self-adaptive resource demand estimation
Grohmann J., Eismann S., Bauer A., Spinner S., Blum J., Herbst N., Kounev S.  ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems 2(15): 1-31, 2020. Type: Article

Reliable performance estimation of complex software systems requires models that are adaptable to the system’s environment and workload. Grohmann et al. present SARDE for active and endless “self-adaptive resource demand estimation in ...

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   Dive into algorithms: a Python adventure for the intrepid beginner
Tuckfield B.,  No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2021. 248 pp. Type: Book (978-1-718500-68-6)

Algorithms--their concepts, theory, and methods--are not limited to computer science. My recipe for making chili for dinner is an algorithm, as are my lesson plans for my courses, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax return forms...

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  Big data mining for climate change
Zhang Z., Li J.,  ELSEVIER, Cambridge, MA, 2020. 344 pp. Type: Book (978-0-128187-03-6)

The book looks more like an encyclopedia than a handbook or textbook. The chapter titles mention climate issues that are typically discussed in the last subsections of the given chapter. Each chapter systematically goes through the formal computer...

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  Cause-effect structures: an algebra of nets with examples of applications
Czaja L.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 160 pp. Type: Book (978-3-030204-60-0)

Most systems in the real world--for example, computational, physical, or biological ones--consist of multiple components that on the one hand operate concurrently, but on the other hand may also interact with each other. Since at any ...

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  Security of ubiquitous computing systems
Avoine G., Hernandez-Castro J.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2021. 283 pp. Type: Book (978-3-030105-90-7), Reviews: (2 of 2)

Frankly, my first reaction to this book was a silent groan. Why do some people seem to think that a technical book must be obscure, unbelievably boring, and written by people with poor-to-mediocre language skills? Come on! Read Knuth’s Th...

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   BlockQuicksort: avoiding branch mispredictions in Quicksort
Edelkamp S., Weiß A.  Journal of Experimental Algorithmics 24(1): 1-22, 2019. Type: Article

Quite often algorithms with bad worst-case complexity perform better on the average. Quicksort falls into this class. However, one of the drawbacks of Quicksort is that it is vulnerable to branch mispredictions, that is, branch misses. Modern proc...

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  Python distilled
Beazley D.,  Addison-Wesley Professional, Boston, MA, 2021. 352 pp. Type: Book (978-0-134173-27-6)

Python has been around for more than two decades. It was introduced in the early 1990s as a simple programming language and by 2000, we had Python 2. Ever since 2008, however, Python 3 has been the more popular and powerful language. Now almost al...

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