Best Reference Books – Distributed Systems

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Distributed Systems subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Distributed Systems along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Distributed Systems subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Distributed Systems" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Advanced Concepts in Operating Systems” by Mukesh Singhal and Niranjan Shivaratri

“Advanced concepts in Operating Systems” Book Review: This book lays down all the concepts and mechanisms involved in the design of advanced operating systems. It covers, in depth, the algorithms needed for advanced operating systems and their proof of correctness. The discussion is reinforced by many examples and cases which makes it a suitable book for students and professionals alike.

2. “Distributed Algorithms” by Nancy Lynch

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“Distributed Algorithms” Book Review: This book presents a comprehensive coverage of designing, implementing, and analyzing distributed algorithms. The algorithms are verified and their complexity is analyzed according to precisely defined complexity measures. Additionally, the readers learn how to model distributed algorithms formally, devise precise specifications for their required behavior, prove their correctness, and evaluate their performance with realistic measures. The problems analyzed in this edition include data consistency, resource allocation, communication, leader election, consensus among distributed processes, deadlock detection, global snapshots, etc. This book is suitable for students, programmers, system designers, and researchers.

3. “Distributed Operating Systems” by Andrew S Tanenbaum

Book Review: This book explains in detail how the operating systems are designed and implemented. The book provides in-depth analysis of various concepts of operating systems which include communication, synchronization, processes, file systems and distributed shared memory. The book also contains case studies of amoeba, mach, chorus and OSF. The book also provides exclusive coverage of the recent advancements made in the field of Distributed operating systems. The book also discusses a number of useful algorithms.

4. “Distributed Systems” by Jie Wu

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Book Review: The book demonstrates basic problems, solutions and concepts in the field of distributed system design. This book is very useful for students as well as computer professionals who are involved in the design and analysis of distributed systems. The chapters in the book discuss the concepts of parallelism, interprocess communication and synchronization, scope of distributed systems, fault tolerant designs, reliability, safety and security. The overview of distributed computing in the book provides access to computer power and data thereby accomplishing high performance, reliability, resource sharing, flexibility, extendability and scalability.

5. “Distributed Computing: Fundamentals, Simulations and Advanced Topics” by Hagit Attiya and Jennifer Welch

Book Review: The book provides very nice introduction to the basic results in the mathematical foundations in the field of distributed computing. The book covers fundamental models, issues, techniques and also a set of advanced topics. The book also provides a strong introduction to mathematical foundations and the basics of distributed computing, focusing on the common themes and basic techniques. The book discusses the issues that occur in the design of distributed system communication, synchronization, coordination and other lower bound techniques. The book also discusses models of distributed computing which include message passing, shared memory communication, correctness proofs, lower bounds, mutual exclusion, simulation models, clock synchronization and failure detectors.

6. “Distributed Systems” by Sape Mullender

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Book Review: The book explains the properties of distributed systems, models that depict the behaviour of distributed systems, specification method for concurrent systems, remote procedure calls and name services. The book also discusses cuts, snapshots, vector clocks, various broadcast mechanisms, protocols for non-blocking atomic commitment. The other chapters in the book discuss the practical methods protocol design for interprocess communication. The book also discusses the design of amoeba distributed system, techniques for memory management and process management. Real time systems, dependability concepts, real time process scheduling, security and cryptography concepts are very nicely illustrated in the book. The book covers many case studies and focuses on providing solutions to problems faced by system designers.

7. “Distributed Systems – Principles and Paradigms” by Andrew S Tanenbaum and Maaten Van Steen

“Distributed Systems – Principles and Paradigms” Book Review: This book examines the underlying principles of distributed systems in a concise yet comprehensive manner. The book also provides in-depth analysis of advanced concepts which include communication, replication, fault tolerance, security and distributed shared memory. The book also provides exclusive coverage of the recent advancements made in the field of Distributed operating systems and discusses their applications in different areas in great detail. This book is intended for the use of students in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering backgrounds.

8. “Distributed Operating Systems” by Tanenbaum

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“Distributed Operating Systems” Book Review: This book covers fundamental concepts like communication, synchronization, processes, and file systems. Newer topics such as distributed shared memory, real-time distributed systems, fault-tolerant distributed systems, and ATM networks. In addition to the numerous illustrations and exercises, it also contains four detailed case studies – Amoeba, Mach, Chorus, and OSF/DCE.

9. “Distributed Systems : Concepts and Design” by Tim Kindberg and George Coulouris Jean Dollimore

“Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design” Book Review: This book offers a comprehensive coverage of the principles and fundamental concepts of distributed systems. It presents the essential issues in the debate about whether components or web services are the way forward for the industry. The depth of coverage provided in this text will enable students to evaluate existing distributed systems and design new ones.

10. “Principles of Distributed Database Systems” by Ozsu

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“Principles of Distributed Database Systems” Book Review: This book provides a detailed analysis of technical problems of distributed database systems faced universally. It focuses on the fundamental concepts and technical issues while exploring the development of DBMS. The transaction management chapters offer in-depth discussion of advanced transaction models. Separate chapters are devoted to parallel DBMSs, distributed object DBMSs, and relationship of distributed DBMSs with new technologies. This book is suitable for both students and professionals.

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