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Using the Parsec environment to implement a high-performance processor farm

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2 Author(s)
Feldcamp, D. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., British Columbia Univ., Vancouver, BC, Canada ; Wagner, A.

Parsec is a parallel programming environment whose goal is to simplify the development of multicomputer programs without, as is often the case, sacrificing performance. We have reconciled these objectives by “compiling” the structure of parallel applications into information to configure each of a small set of communication primitives on a context-sensitive basis. In this paper, we show how Parsec can be used to implement a high-performance processor farm and compare Parsec and hand-optimized implementations to demonstrate that Parsec can achieve a similar level of performance. Extensive static analysis and optimization is necessary to achieve these results. We discuss both the tools which perform these tasks as well as the user interface that provides the necessary declarative structural information. Using the processor farm, we show how Parsec simplifies the task of specifying the structure of a parallel application and improves the result by supporting abstraction, reuse and scalability

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System Sciences, 1995. Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Hawaii International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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3-6 Jan 1995