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Hands-On Concurrency with Rust

By : Brian L. Troutwine
Book Image

Hands-On Concurrency with Rust

By: Brian L. Troutwine

Overview of this book

Most programming languages can really complicate things, especially with regard to unsafe memory access. The burden on you, the programmer, lies across two domains: understanding the modern machine and your language's pain-points. This book will teach you to how to manage program performance on modern machines and build fast, memory-safe, and concurrent software in Rust. It starts with the fundamentals of Rust and discusses machine architecture concepts. You will be taken through ways to measure and improve the performance of Rust code systematically and how to write collections with confidence. You will learn about the Sync and Send traits applied to threads, and coordinate thread execution with locks, atomic primitives, data-parallelism, and more. The book will show you how to efficiently embed Rust in C++ code and explore the functionalities of various crates for multithreaded applications. It explores implementations in depth. You will know how a mutex works and build several yourself. You will master radically different approaches that exist in the ecosystem for structuring and managing high-scale systems. By the end of the book, you will feel comfortable with designing safe, consistent, parallel, and high-performance applications in Rust.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Chapter 2. Sequential Rust Performance and Testing

"Make it work, then make it beautiful, then if you really, really have to, make it fast."

                                                                                                         - Joe Armstrong

In the previous chapter, we discussed the basics of modern computer architectures—the CPU and its function, memory hierarchies, and their interplay. We left off with a brief introduction to debugging and performance analysis of Rust programs. In this chapter, we'll continue that discussion, digging into the performance characteristics of sequential Rust programs, deferring, for now, considerations of concurrent performance. We'll also be discussing testing techniques for demonstrating the fitness for purpose of a Rust program. Why, in a book about parallel programming, would we wish to devote an entire chapter to just sequential programs? The techniques we'll discuss in this sequential setting are applicable and vital to a parallel...