Concurrent Programming Reading list

This blog post is a collection of articles about threads, locks and concurrency.

Some context

I’ve had a lot of time to kill in the last few weeks so I recently completed a series of 3 classes, a specialization, on Coursera — Parallel, Concurrent, and Distributed Programming in Java Specialization.

The first two classes, Parallel Programming in Java and Concurrent Programming in Java were good revisions of material I had studied in one of my computer engineering classes at Purdue exactly an year ago. In the Distributed Programming in Java class I used Hadoop and Spark for the first time and revised more material related to networking and about different approaches to combine distribution with multithreading that I had learned in my classes at Purdue. This class was mostly about high-level abstractions and frameworks that are useful in distributed systems.

In the Concurrent Programming class I found various articles listed under the ‘Optional Reading’ section that were extremely resourceful. In college I had studied concurrency in my computer architecture class. I had referred to the textbook and my professor’s slides. I don’t have that course textbook or my professor’s slides anymore. So I’ve made this list of articles to be my go-to resource for fundamentals of concurrency.

The list


Structured Locks

Unstructured Locks


Critical sections

Object-Based Isolation

Atomic Variables in Java

Read-Write Isolation

Optimistic Concurrency and some Java data structures



  • Dining philosophers problem: an example problem often used in concurrent algorithm design to illustrate synchronization issues and techniques for resolving them

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