Modularity, Reuse and Efficiency with Message-Driven Libraries
SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing (PPSC) 1995
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“Software re-use” via libraries is a strategy that allows the cost of software to be amortized. A parallel programming system must support the ability to develop modules that can be “fitted together” in a variety of contexts. Although it is important to be able to reuse parallel libraries, it is also more difficult to use parallel modules in comparison to sequential module. We present a methodology for developing libraries that addresses these issue effectively. This methodology, which is embodied in the Charm system, employs message-driven execution (in contrast to traditional, receive based message passing), information sharing abstractions, the notion of branched objects, and explicit support for modules.
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