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A Benchmark Parallel Sort for Shared Memory Multiprocessors
December 1988 (vol. 37 no. 12)
pp. 1619-1626
The first parallel sort algorithm for shared memory MIMD (multiple-instruction-multiple-data-stream) multiprocessors that has a theoretical and measured speedup near linear is exhibited. It is based on a novel asynchronous parallel merge that evenly partitions data to be merged among any number of processors. A benchmark sorting algorithm is proposed that uses this merge to remove the linear ti

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Index Terms:
benchmark; parallel sort; shared memory multiprocessors; sort algorithm; MIMD; multiprocessors; Sequent Balance 21000 System; computer testing; parallel algorithms; sorting.
Citation:
R.S. Francis, I.D. Mathieson, "A Benchmark Parallel Sort for Shared Memory Multiprocessors," IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 37, no. 12, pp. 1619-1626, Dec. 1988, doi:10.1109/12.9738
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