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Structured message passing on a shared-memory multiprocessor

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1 Author(s)
T. J. LeBlanc ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Rochester Univ., NY, USA

A shared-memory multiprocessor can efficiently support many different programming paradigms. In particular, shared-memory multiprocessors need not be programmed using the shared-memory model. SMP is a structured message-passing software library developed for the BBN Butterfly parallel processor that provides an alternative to the shared-memory model of the BBN uniform system package, SMP supports the construction of process families, a fixed set of asynchronous processes that communicate using messages according to a given interconnection pattern. A dynamic hierarchy of process families is possible. The author describes the SMP user interface, the Butterfly implementation, and his experiences in using a message-passing model to program a shared-memory multiprocessor.<>

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System Sciences, 1988. Vol.II. Software Track, Proceedings of the Twenty-First Annual Hawaii International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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0-0 1988