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Using Shared Arrays in Message-Driven Parallel Programs

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3 Author(s)
Miller, P. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA ; Becker, A. ; Kale, L.

This paper describes a safe and efficient combination of the object-based message-driven execution and shared array parallel programming models. In particular, we demonstrate how this combination engenders the composition of loosely coupled parallel modules safely accessing a common shared array. That loose coupling enables both better flexibility in parallel execution and greater ease of implementing multi-physics simulations. As a case study, we describe how the parallelization of a new method for molecular dynamics simulation benefits from both of these advantages. We also describe a system of typed handle objects that embed some of the determinacy constraints of the Multiphase Shared Array programming model in the C++ type system, to catch some violations at compile time. The combined programming model communicates in terms of these handles as a natural means of detecting and preventing errors.

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Parallel and Distributed Processing Workshops and Phd Forum (IPDPSW), 2011 IEEE International Symposium on

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16-20 May 2011