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Cover; click to enlarge Parallel Programming: A New Approach
by Michael H. Coffin (University of Waterloo)
ISBN 0-929306-13-9
300 pages, Paperback
$32.95 (US Dollars)

Programmers of parallel computers are faced with a dilemma. They can write programs in one of the many elegant parallel programming languages developed in the last few years. The result will be clear and portable programs that run slowly. Or they can write programs in low-level languages which will result in programs that are efficient, but not portable, and difficult to understand and maintain. This book describes writing parallel programs that are simultaneously clear, portable, and efficient. The method is based on program refinement using annotations. A program is first written in a high-level, architecture-independent fashion with clarity being emphasized over efficiency.


  • Introduction
  • The Par Programming Language
  • Regular Problems
  • Irregular Problems
  • Implementing Par
  • Related Work
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Index

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