Is Parallel Programming Hard, And, If So, What Can You Do About It? (First Edition)

The first edition is available in double-column and single-column formats.

The single-column format works well on large-format ebook readers. Medium-format ebook readers reportedly do well on single-column PDFs that have been run through pdfscissors. All attempts to generate epub formats for small-format ebook readers have produced horrible results, but if you know of something that works, please don't keep it a secret!

Four styles of dead-tree copies of the first edition are available, black and white softcover, color softcover, black and white hardcover, and color hardcover. If you would like a different type of dead-tree copy, please feel free to use any of a number of internet-accessible printing services. If you would like a fancy dead-tree copy, here is some shiny new artwork for front and back covers, courtesy of Melissa Broussard. The older cover art is still available for those who prefer the classic look (front and back).

Contributions to later editions are welcome, and to that end, a public git tree may be found at:


This git tree also provides an up-to-date version for those who are too impatient to wait for the next release. There is now a shiny new email list (, subscribe here) for feedback, patches, review, and discussions.

Older versions are available as well:

New releases should appear three to four times a year, give or take. This work is covered by the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States license.