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Automatic Generation of Self-Scheduling Programs
January 1991 (vol. 2 no. 1)
pp. 68-78

Techniques are described for the automatic generation of self-scheduling parallelprograms. Both scheduling algorithms and the concurrent components of applications areexpressed in a high-level concurrent language. Partitioning and data dependencyinformation are expressed by simple control statements, which may be generated eitherautomatically or manually. A self-scheduling compiler, implemented as a source-to-source transformation, takes application code, control statements, and scheduling routines and generates a new program that can schedule its own execution on a parallel computer. The approach has several advantages compared to previous proposals. It generatesprograms that are portable over a wide range of parallel computers. There is no need toembed special control structures in application programs. The use of a high-levellanguage to express applications and scheduling algorithms facilitates the development,modification, and reuse of parallel programs.

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Index Terms:
Index Termspartitioning; self-scheduling programs; automatic generation; parallel programs; high-level concurrent language; data dependency information; control statements; self-scheduling compiler; source-to-source transformation; application code; control statements; scheduling routines; control structures; application programs; high-level language; application generators; automatic programming; parallel programming; scheduling
Citation:
I. Foster, "Automatic Generation of Self-Scheduling Programs," IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 68-78, Jan. 1991, doi:10.1109/71.80190
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