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Platform-independent runtime optimizations using OpenThreads

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2 Author(s)
Haines, M. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Wyoming Univ., Laramie, WY, USA ; Langendoen, K.

Although platform-independent runtime systems for parallel programming languages are desirable, the need for low-level optimizations usually precludes their existence. This is because most optimizations involve some combination of low-level communication and low-level threading the product of which is almost always platform-dependent. We propose a solution to the threading half of this dilemma by using a thread package, that allows fine-grain control over the behaviour of the threads while still providing performance comparable to hand-tuned, machine-dependent thread packages. This makes it possible to construct platform-independent thread modules for parallel runtime systems and, more importantly, to optimize them

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Parallel Processing Symposium, 1997. Proceedings., 11th International

Date of Conference:

1-5 Apr 1997