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IP (interacting process) is used as a language for coordinated programming. In this paper, we discuss IP can also be used as a language for parallel programming. We show the suitability of IP for parallel and distributed programming through examples. Several IP implementations reported over the past few years are described. Some problems with these developments are discussed and a novel solution to these problems is presented. IP for parallel and distributed programming provides several benefits including modularity, maintainability, portability, and familiar programming model.