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5.0 out of 5 stars First class thing. I wish all I have to read were that good, 8 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Distributed Algorithms (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems) (Hardcover)
This book is in the same class as "Discrete mathematics" by Knuth and others. Important topic, extensive coverage, good English, zero vendor's propaganda. Super. An unexpected gift from up above (after struggling with reams of MS's (dis) information <g>.) I am working on something distributed and ran into this book accidentally, while browsing in a bookstore--I'm glad I did. Btw, it's a few bucks cheaper in B&N store (here goes my review <g>.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book for practicing software pros, 3 Sep 1998
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This review is from: Distributed Algorithms (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems) (Hardcover)
I finally found a very nice compendium of concisely described distributed algorithms. The book is highly readable and I look forward to more books from the author. If you work with distributed systems or software problems, buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A computer science classic, 22 Jan 2012
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This review is from: Distributed Algorithms (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems) (Hardcover)
I know it seems expensive. Really it's a bargain.

If you are interested in distributed and parallel computing then you owe it to yourself to own this.

This book is a computer science classic.

Un-put-downable!

A pure pleasure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the only book of its kind, 31 July 1999
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This review is from: Distributed Algorithms (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems) (Hardcover)
At MIT, I took the course 6.852 Distributed Algorithms under Professor Nancy Lynch. It was an excellence course. This books is based on her lecture notes. Before this book, there is really no book that covers these material in rigorious and consistent matter. One usually have to read the actual published academic papers. Because different author may use different notations or models, sometimes it is hard to see the whole picture. This book shows exactly that. The algorithms are presented in a consistent notation, and the models and the assumptions all the explicit, clear and consistent. However, Professor Lynch's lecture style can get really dry and boring, sometimes I can't help felling asleep because the class was so early in the morning. For that, I decided to give it only 4 stars.
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