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Evaluation of a set of message- passing routines on transputer networks

Authors: Cai, Wentong, Skillicorn, David B.


A major obstacle to the use of parallel computers in ordinary applications, where their price/performance ratio should make them attractive, is the sheer difficulty of parallel programming. One approach which can ease the difficulties is data parallel programming, because of the simplicity of a single-threaded flow of control. Data parallelism also expresses parallelism with enough regularity to be readily implemented across a range of machine types. In this paper, we describe a data parallel model based on a set of second order functions from the Bird-Meertens theory of lists, demonstrate the implementation of these functions as a set of message-passing routines, and evaluate their performance on transputer networks configured as hy-percubes.


Proceedings of WoTUG-15: Transputer Systems - ongoing Research, Alastair R. Allen, 1992, pp 24 - 36 published by IOS Press, Amsterdam

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