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Programming Persistent Memory: A Comprehensive Guide for Developers

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Stteve Scargall

Copyright Year: 2020

Publisher: Apress

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Front Matter
  • Introduction to Persistent Memory Programming
  • Persistent Memory Architecture
  • Operating Systetm Support for Persistent Memory
  • Fundamental Concepts of Persistent Memory Programming
  • Introducing the Persistent Memory Develpoment Kit
  • Iibpmem: Low-Level Persistent Memory Support
  • Iibpmemobj: A Native Transactional Object Store
  • libpmemobj-cpp: The Adaptable Language - C++ and Persistent Memory

  • pmemkv: A Persistent In-Memory Key-Value Store

  • Volatile Use of Persistent Memory

  • Designing Data Structures for Persistent Memory

  • Debugging Persistent Memory Applications

  • Enabling Persistence Using a Real-World Application

  • Concurrency and Persistent Memory

  • Profiling and Performance

  • PMDK Internals: Important Algorithms and Data Structures

  • Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS)

  • Remote Persistent Memory

  • Advanced Topics

  • Back Matter

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About the Book

Beginning and experienced programmers will use this comprehensive guide to persistent memory programming. You will understand how persistent memory brings together several new software/hardware requirements, and offers great promise for better performance and faster application startup times—a huge leap forward in byte-addressable capacity compared with current DRAM offerings.

This revolutionary new technology gives applications significant performance and capacity improvements over existing technologies. It requires a new way of thinking and developing, which makes this highly disruptive to the IT/computing industry. The full spectrum of industry sectors that will benefit from this technology include, but are not limited to, in-memory and traditional databases, AI, analytics, HPC, virtualization, and big data.   

Programming Persistent Memory describes the technology and why it is exciting the industry. It covers the operating system and hardware requirements as well as how to create development environments using emulated or real persistent memory hardware. The book explains fundamental concepts; provides an introduction to persistent memory programming APIs for C, C++, JavaScript, and other languages; discusses RMDA with persistent memory; reviews security features; and presents many examples. Source code and examples that you can run on your own systems are included.

What You’ll Learn

  • Understand what persistent memory is, what it does, and the value it brings to the industry
  • Become familiar with the operating system and hardware requirements to use persistent memory
  • Know the fundamentals of persistent memory programming: why it is different from current programming methods, and what developers need to keep in mind when programming for persistence
  • Look at persistent memory application development by example using the Persistent Memory Development Kit (PMDK)
  • Design and optimize data structures for persistent memory
  • Study how real-world applications are modified to leverage persistent memory
  • Utilize the tools available for persistent memory programming, application performance profiling, and debugging

Who This Book Is For

C, C++, Java, and Python developers, but will also be useful to software, cloud, and hardware architects across a broad spectrum of sectors, including cloud service providers, independent software vendors, high performance compute, artificial intelligence, data analytics, big data, etc. 

About the Contributors


Steve Scargall is a persistent memory software/cloud architect within Intel’s Data Center Group (DCG). He contributes to the SNIA NVM Programming Technical Work Group, PMDK, NDCTL, and other open sources projects. With more than 18 years of enterprise application and filesystem IO performance analysis, Steve now works on the exciting and disruptive bleeding edge of persistent memory application design solutions. He works with ISVs and CSPs to enable and deliver persistent memory solutions.

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