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Programming Three Parallel Computers
January/February 1988 (vol. 5 no. 1)
pp. 11-22

Three commercial systems are considered from a programmer's point of view. The three are the Intel iPSC, a network of Inmos transputers, and the Sequent Balance. The differences in overhead are examined by implementing a solution to the traveling-salesman problem on all three. The evaluation focuses on three major issues in parallel programming: (1) how execution is divided among processing elements and how it is controlled; (2) how data are shared; and (3) how events are synchronized. The experiences of the authors are presented and some specific as well as general conclusions are drawn.

Index Terms:
synchronisation; parallel computers; Intel iPSC; Inmos transputers; Sequent Balance; traveling-salesman problem; parallel programming; parallel machines; parallel programming
Citation:
Marta Kallstrom, Shreekant S. Thakkar, "Programming Three Parallel Computers," IEEE Software, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 11-22, Jan.-Feb. 1988, doi:10.1109/52.1990
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