Sunday, January 4, 2015

Expanded paper on ParaSail pointer-free parallelism

Here is a PDF for a recent paper describing in more depth ParaSail's pointer-free approach to parallelism:

Here is the abstract from the paper:

ParaSail is a language specifically designed to simplify the construction of programs that make full, safe use of parallel hardware. ParaSail achieves this largely through simplification of the language, rather than by adding numerous rules. In particular, ParaSail eliminates global variables, parameter aliasing, and most significantly, re-assignable pointers. ParaSail has adopted a pointer-free approach to defining data structures. Rather than using pointers, ParaSail supports flexible data structuring using expandable (and shrinkable) objects, along with generalized indexing. By eliminating global variables, parameter aliasing, and pointers, ParaSail reduces the complexity for the programmer, while also allowing ParaSail to provide pervasive, safe, object-oriented parallel programming. 


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