Séminaire de l'IDRIS du 6 mai 2010
Ce séminaire de l'IDRIS a eu lieu jeudi 6 mai 2010
de 10h30 à 12h dans les locaux de l'IDRIS :
PGAS concepts for classical HPC programming languages
Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ)
PGAS languages are presently being brought forward as an alternative to traditional parallelization approaches, being easier to program with than message passing libraries (due to one sided communication semantics, and integration of the type system), and having potentially much better scalability properties than shared memory directives like OpenMP (due to improved locality control).
After a PhD in theoretical
solid state physics, Dr. Reinhold Bader joined Leibniz Supercomputing
Centre’s scientific staff in the area of high performance
computing in 1999, where since then he has worked in user support and
is involved in procurements of new systems, benchmarking, courses for
parallel programming and configuration management for the HPC systems.
As a member of the German delegation to WG5, the international Fortran
Standards Committee, he also takes part in the discussions on further
development of the Fortran language.
This talk discusses the PGAS concepts as they appear in the Fortran 2008 standard (Coarrays), as well as an extension to the C standards (UPC, or Unified Parallel C). After introduction of the basic PGAS features, syntax for data distribution, intrinsic functions and synchronization primitives are discussed. An overview of available implementations as well as their present limitations is given. A discussion of possible future developments for both languages as well as a mention of other PGAS languages completes the talk.
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