The Mentat Programming Language Users Manual and Tutorial

Authors:Grimshaw, A, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Virginia Loyot, E, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Virginia

An important problem facing designers of parallel systems is how to simplify the writing of concurrent applications. Mentat is an object-oriented, parallel computation system designed to meet the challenge of providing easy to use parallelism. We accomplish this goal by extending the encapsulation provided by objects to the encapsulation of parallelism. We define two forms of parallelism encapsulation supported by Mentat: inter-object parallelism, and intra-object parallelism. Users of Mentat objects are unaware of whether operations are carried out serially or in parallel. This document describes the Mentat Programming Language (MPL) Version 1.0 and its use. Version 1.0 includes a prototype M1-"L compiler based on the ATT l.2 C++ compiler [23]. A later version of this technical report will describe the new MPL compiler currently under development. Completion is expected in September, 1990.
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Grimshaw, A, and E Loyot. "The Mentat Programming Language Users Manual and Tutorial." University of Virginia Dept. of Computer Science Tech Report (1990).

University of Virginia, Department of Computer Science
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