JPVM: Network Parallel Computing in Java

Author:Ferrari, Adam, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Virginia

The JPVM library is a software system for explicit message-passing based distributed memory MIMD parallel programming in Java. The library supports an interface similar to the C and Fortran interface provided by the Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM) system, but with syntax and semantics modifications afforded by Java and better matched to Java programming styles. The similarity between JPVM and the widely used PVM system supports a quick learning curve for experienced PVM programmers, thus making the JPVM system an accessible, low-investment target for migrating parallel applications to the Java platform. At the same time, JPVM offers novel features not found in standard PVM such as thread safety, multiple communication end-points per task, and default-case direct message routing. JPVM is implemented entirely in Java, and is thus highly portable among platforms supporting some version of the Java Virtual Machine. This feature opens up the possibility of utilizing resources commonly excluded from network parallel computing systems such as Macintosh and Windows-NT based systems. Initial applications performance results achieved with a prototype JPVM system indicate that the Java-implemented approach can offer good performance at appropriately coarse granularities.

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Ferrari, Adam. "JPVM: Network Parallel Computing in Java." University of Virginia Dept. of Computer Science Tech Report (1997).

University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science
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