Accession Number : ADA295379

Title :   On The Utility of Threads for Data Parallel Programming.

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION HAMPTON VA LANGLEY RESEARCH CEN TER

Personal Author(s) : Fahringer, Thomas ; Haines, Matthew ; Mehrotra, Piyush

PDF Url : ADA295379

Report Date : MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : Threads provide a useful programming model for asynchronous behavior because of their ability to encapsulate units of work that can then be scheduled for execution at runtime, based on the dynamic state of a system. Recently, the threaded model has been applied to the domain of data parallel scientific codes, and initial reports indicate that the threaded model can produce performance gains over non-threaded approaches, primarily through the use of overlapping useful computation with communication latency. However, overlapping computation with communication is possible without the benefit of threads if the communication system supports asynchronous primitives, and this comparison has not been made in previous papers. This paper provides a critical look at the utility of lightweight threads as applied to data parallel scientific programming. (KAR) P. 2

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, DATA PROCESSING, MODELS, ASYNCHRONOUS SYSTEMS, DYNAMICS, PARALLEL PROCESSING, CODING, LIGHTWEIGHT, MULTIPROCESSORS, ENCAPSULATION, COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, BEHAVIOR, OVERLAP.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE