Implicitly parallel programming models for thousand-core microprocessors

Wen-Mei W Hwu, Shane Ryoo, Sain Zee Ueng, John H. Keim, Isaac Gelado, Sam S. Stone, Robert E. Kidd, Sara S. Baghsorkhi, Aqeel A. Mahesri, Stephanie C. Tsao, Nacho Navarro, Steven Sam Lumetta, Matthew I. Frank, Sanjay Jeram Patel

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Abstract

This paper argues for an implicitly parallel programming model for many-core microprocessors, and provides initial technical approaches towards this goal. In an implicitly parallel programming model, programmers maximize algorithmlevel parallelism, express their parallel algorithms by asserting high-level properties on top of a traditional sequential programming language, and rely on parallelizing compilers and hardware support to perform parallel execution under the hood. In such a model, compilers and related tools require much more advanced program analysis capabilities and programmer assertions than what are currently available so that a comprehensive understanding of the input program's concurrency can be derived. Such an understanding is then used to drive automatic or interactive parallel code generation tools for a diverse set of parallel hardware organizations. The chip-level architecture and hardware should maintain parallel execution state in such a way that a strictly sequential execution state can always be derived for the purpose of verifying and debugging the program. We argue that implicitly parallel programming models are critical for addressing the software development crises and software scalability challenges for many-core microprocessors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2007 44th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC'07
Pages754-759
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2 2007
Event2007 44th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC'07 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 4 2007Jun 8 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
ISSN (Print)0738-100X

Other

Other2007 44th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC'07
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period6/4/076/8/07

Keywords

  • Parallel programming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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