Characterizing the paralation model using dynamic assignment

  • Eric T. Freeman
  • Daniel P. Friedman
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 605)


Collection-oriented languages provide high-level constructs for describing computations over collections. These languages are becoming increasingly popular with the advent of massively parallel SIMD machines. Even on serial machines, collection-oriented languages are interesting because they allow the user to describe computation in a concise manner.

In this paper we implement Sabot's paralation model [7], a collection-oriented language extension for expressing elementwise computation and explicit communication. We extend the Scheme programming language, a dialect of Lisp with lexical scope and first-class procedures, basing our implementation on Sabot and Blelloch's original code written in Common Lisp. We have taken particular care to remove all unnecessary side-effects. This re-packaging has taken two forms. First, many of the side-effects can be treated as a kind of dynamic assignment. Some others can be removed by coding in a more functional style. The remaining category of side-effects are for site-specific operations. This re-packaging has led to a surprising result: the paralation model can be described with just a single language form and a single primitive.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric T. Freeman
    • 1
  • Daniel P. Friedman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceYale UniversityNew Haven
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentIndiana UniversityBloomington

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