Supporting Shared Data Structures on Distributed Memory Architectures
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Programming nonshared memory systems is more difficult than programming shared memory systems, since there is no support for shared data structures. Current programming languages for distributed memory architectures force the user to decompose all data structures into separate pieces, with each owned by one of the processors in the machine, and with all communication explicitly specified by low-level message-passing primitives. This paper presents a new programming environment for distributed memory architectures, providing a global name space and allowing direct access to remote parts of data values. We describe the analysis and program transformations required to implement this environment, and present the efficiency of the resulting code on the NCUBE7 and IPSC2 hypercubes.
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