Language and compiler support for adaptive distributed applications

Vikram Adve, Vinh Vi Lam, Brian Ensink

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Many distributed applications have to meet their performance or quality-of-service goals in environments where available resources change constantly. Important classes of distributed applications (including distributed multimedia codes, applications for mobile devices, and computational grid codes) use runtime adaptation in order to achieve their goals. The adaptation behavior in these applications is usually programmed in ad hoc code that is directly incorporated into the base application, resulting hi systems that are complex to develop, maintain, modify, and debug. Furthermore, it is virtually impossible to extract high-level information about adaptive behavior using program analysis, even if there were compiler and runtime systems that could exploit such information. The goal of our research is to develop compiler and programming language support to simplify the development and improve the performance of adaptive distributed applications. We describe a simple set of language extensions for adaptive distributed applications, and discuss potential compiler techniques to support such applications. We also propose a task-graph-based framework that can be used to formalize the description of a wide range of adaptation operations. Copyright ACM 2001.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-246
Number of pages9
JournalSIGPLAN Notices (ACM Special Interest Group on Programming Languages)
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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