Productivity analysis of the UPC language

François Cantonnet, Yiyi Yao, Mohamed Zahran, Tarek El-Ghazawi

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Abstract

Parallel programming paradigms, over the past decade, have focused on how to harness the computational power of contemporary parallel machines. Ease of use and code development productivity, has been a secondary goal. Recently, however, there has been a growing interest in understanding the code development productivity issues and their implications for the overall time-to-solution. Unified Parallel C (UPC) is a recently developed language which has been gaining rising attention. UPC holds the promise of leveraging the ease of use of the shared memory model and the performance benefit of locality exploitation. The performance potential for UPC has been extensively studied in recent research efforts. The aim of this study, however, is to examine the impact of UPC on programmer productivity. We propose several productivity metrics and consider a wide array of high performance applications. Further, we compare UPC to the most widely used parallel programming paradigm, MPI. The results will show that UPC compares favorably with MPI in programmers productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 18th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2004 (Abstracts and CD-ROM)
Pages3489-3495
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2004
EventProceedings - 18th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2004 (Abstracts and CD-ROM) - Santa Fe, NM, United States
Duration: Apr 26 2004Apr 30 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2004 (Abstracts and CD-ROM)
Volume18

Conference

ConferenceProceedings - 18th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2004 (Abstracts and CD-ROM)
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Fe, NM
Period4/26/044/30/04

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Cantonnet, F., Yao, Y., Zahran, M., & El-Ghazawi, T. (2004). Productivity analysis of the UPC language. In Proceedings - 18th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2004 (Abstracts and CD-ROM) (pp. 3489-3495). (Proceedings - International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, IPDPS 2004 (Abstracts and CD-ROM); Vol. 18).