UPC: Distributed Shared Memory Programming / Edition 1

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This is the first book to explain the language Unified Parallel C and its use. Authors El-Ghazawi, Carlson, and Sterling are among the developers of UPC, with close links with the industrial members of the UPC consortium. Their text covers background material on parallel architectures and algorithms, and includes UPC programming case studies. This book represents an invaluable resource for the growing number of UPC users and applications developers. More information about UPC can be found at: http://upc.gwu.edu/

An Instructor Support FTP site is available from the Wiley editorial department.

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"This book is a good introduction to the UPC programming philosophy." (Computing Reviews.com, February 15, 2006)
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Meet the Author

TAREK EL-GHAZAWI, PHD, is Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The George Washington University. His research interests include high-performance computing, computer architecture, reconfigurable computing, embedded systems, and experimental performance.

WILLIAM CARLSON, PHD, is affiliated with the IDA Center for Computing Sciences. His research interests include performance evaluation of advanced computer architectures, operating systems, languages, and computers for parallel and distributed systems.

THOMAS STERLING, PHD, is a professor at Caltech and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research interests include parallel computing architecture, cluster computing, petaflop computing, and systems software and evaluation.

KATHERINE YELICK, PHD, is Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include parallel computing, memory hierarchy optimizations, programming languages, and compilers.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1. Introductory Tutorial 1

1.1 Getting Started 1

1.2 Private and Shared Data 3

1.3 Shared Arrays and Affinity of Shared Data 6

1.4 Synchronization and Memory Consistency 8

1.5 Work Sharing 10

1.6 UPC Pointers 11

1.7 Summary 14

Exercises 14

2. Programming View and UPC Data Types 17

2.1 Programming Models 17

2.2 UPC Programming Model 20

2.3 Shared and Private Variables 21

2.4 Shared and Private Arrays 23

2.5 Blocked Shared Arrays 25

2.6 Compiling Environments and Shared Arrays 30

2.7 Summary 30

Exercises 31

3. Pointers and Arrays 33

3.1 UPC Pointers 33

3.2 Pointer Arithmetic 35

3.3 Pointer Casting and Usage Practices 38

3.4 Pointer Information and Manipulation Functions 40

3.5 More Pointer Examples 43

3.6 Summary 47

Exercises 47

4. Work Sharing and Domain Decomposition 49

4.1 Basic Work Distribution 50

4.2 Parallel Iterations 51

4.3 Multidimensional Data 54

4.4 Distributing Trees 62

4.5 Summary 71

Exercises 71

5. Dynamic Shared Memory Allocation 73

5.1 Allocating a Global Shared Memory Space Collectively 73

5.2 Allocating Multiple Global Spaces 78

5.3 Allocating Local Shared Spaces 82

5.4 Freeing Allocated Spaces 89

5.5 Summary 90

Exercises 90

6. Synchronization and Memory Consistency 91

6.1 Barriers 92

6.2 Split-Phase Barriers 94

6.3 Locks 99

6.4 Memory Consistency 108

6.5 Summary 113

Exercises 114

7. Performance Tuning and Optimization 115

7.1 Parallel System Architectures 116

7.2 Performance Issues in Parallel Programming 120

7.3 Role of Compilers and Run-Time Systems 122

7.4 UPC Hand Optimization 123

7.5 Case Studies 128

7.6 Summary 135

Exercises 135

8. UPC Libraries 137

8.1 UPC Collective Library 137

8.2 UPC-IO Library 141

8.3 Summary 146

References 147

Appendix A: UPC Language Specifications, v1.1.1 149

Appendix B: UPC Collective Operations Specifications, v1.0 183

Appendix C: UPC-IO Specifications, v1.0 203

Appendix D: How to Compile and Run UPC Programs 243

Appendix E: Quick UPC Reference 245

Index 251

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