Herb says: I've spoken and written on these topics before. Here's what's different about this talk: Brand new: This material goes beyond what I've written and taught about before in my Effective Concurrency articles and courses. Cutting-edge current: It covers the best-practices state of the art techniques and shipping tools, and what parts of that are standardized in C++11 already (the answer to that one may surprise you!) and what's en route to near-term standardization and why, with coverage of the latest discussions. Blocking vs. non-blocking: What's the difference between blocking and non-blocking styles, why on earth would you care, which kinds does C++11 support, and how are we looking at rounding it out in C++1y? The answers all matter to you – even the ones not yet in the C++ standard – because they are real, available in shipping products, and affect how you design your software today.