Easy-to-use Object-Oriented Parallel Processing with Mentat

Author:Grimshaw, Andrew, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Virginia

Writing portable applications for parallel architectures has proven to be more difficult than writing sequential software. This is due in large part to the lack of easy-to-use, high-level abstractions. Mentat is a portable object-oriented parallel processing system that extends object encapsulation to include parallelism encapsulation. In Mentat, programmers are responsible for identifying those classes that are of sufficient computational complexity to warrant parallel execution. The compiler and run-time system manage program graph construction, communication, synchronization, and scheduling. Mentat has been implemented on Sun workstations, the Silicon Graphics Iris, the Intel iPSC/2, and the Intel iPSC/860. We present the Mentat programming language, including several examples, the Mentat virtual machine architecture, and performance results from two of the supported architectures.
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Grimshaw, Andrew. "Easy-to-use Object-Oriented Parallel Processing with Mentat." University of Virginia Dept. of Computer Science Tech Report (1992).

University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science
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