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The asynchronous nature of the dataflow model of computation allows the exploitation of maximum inherent parallelism in many application programs. However, before the dataflow model of computation can become a viable alternative to the control flow model of computation, one has to find practical solutions to some problems such as efficient handling of data structures. The paper introduces a new model for handling data structures in a dataflow environment. The proposed model combines constant time access capabilities of vectors as well as the flexibility inherent in the concept of pointers. This allows a careful balance between copying and sharing to optimize the storage and processing overhead incurred during the operations on data structures. The mode) is compared by simulation to other data structure models proposed in the literature, and the results are good.
Index Termsdata structures; dataflow environment; asynchronous; maximum inherent parallelism;constant time access; pointers; storage; processing overhead; data structures; parallelprogramming

B. Lee, B. Shirazi and A. Hurson, "A Hybrid Scheme for Processing Data Structures in a Dataflow Environment," in IEEE Transactions on Parallel & Distributed Systems, vol. 3, no. , pp. 83-96, 1992.
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