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Hands-On System Programming with C++

By : Dr. Rian Quinn
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Hands-On System Programming with C++

By: Dr. Rian Quinn

Overview of this book

C++ is a general-purpose programming language with a bias toward system programming as it provides ready access to hardware-level resources, efficient compilation, and a versatile approach to higher-level abstractions. This book will help you understand the benefits of system programming with C++17. You will gain a firm understanding of various C, C++, and POSIX standards, as well as their respective system types for both C++ and POSIX. After a brief refresher on C++, Resource Acquisition Is Initialization (RAII), and the new C++ Guideline Support Library (GSL), you will learn to program Linux and Unix systems along with process management. As you progress through the chapters, you will become acquainted with C++'s support for IO. You will then study various memory management methods, including a chapter on allocators and how they benefit system programming. You will also explore how to program file input and output and learn about POSIX sockets. This book will help you get to grips with safely setting up a UDP and TCP server/client. Finally, you will be guided through Unix time interfaces, multithreading, and error handling with C++ exceptions. By the end of this book, you will be comfortable with using C++ to program high-quality systems.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Studying an example on parallel computation

In this example, we will demonstrate how to perform a parallel computation task that will calculate prime numbers, using threading. In this example, the following inclusion files and namespaces are required:

#include <list>
#include <mutex>
#include <thread>
#include <iostream>
#include <algorithm>

#include <gsl/gsl>
using namespace gsl;

using namespace std::string_literals;

Calculating prime values is an expensive operation for large numbers, but thankfully, they can be calculated in parallel. It should be noted that in our example, we don't attempt to optimize our search algorithm, as our goal here is to provide a readable example of threading. There are many methods, some simple, for improving the performance of the code in this example.

To store the prime numbers that our program finds, we will...