MPE graphics-scalable X11 graphics in MPI

W. Gropp, E. Karrels, E. Lusk

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Parallel programs need the same programming libraries as sequential programs, and in as easy to use a form. In addition, the semantics of parallel graphics operations need to be defined. We describe a parallel graphics library that provides parallel semantics, both independent and collective, that take advantage of the MPI Standard to ensure safety, ease of use, and independence from user programs. For performance, particularly on machines with large numbers of processors, the communication patterns used by the parallel graphics routines need to be under user control. Parallel graphics will generate communication traffic, which needs to be kept isolated from other user messages or library based message passing. Fortunately, the new MPI message passing standard allows isolation of such communication in communication »contexts». We describe an X-based parallel graphics library that relies on MPI for communication. It is an MPI library and is independent of which particular MPI implementation is being used for the underlying communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Scalable Parallel Libraries Conference, SPLC 1994
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0818668954, 9780818668951
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes
Event1994 Scalable Parallel Libraries Conference, SPLC 1994 - Mississippi State, United States
Duration: Oct 12 1994Oct 14 1994

Publication series

NameProceedings - Scalable Parallel Libraries Conference, SPLC 1994


Conference1994 Scalable Parallel Libraries Conference, SPLC 1994
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMississippi State

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software


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