Chapter 2. Parallel Programming Platforms

The traditional logical view of a sequential computer consists of a memory connected to a processor via a datapath. All three components – processor, memory, and datapath – present bottlenecks to the overall processing rate of a computer system. A number of architectural innovations over the years have addressed these bottlenecks. One of the most important innovations is multiplicity – in processing units, datapaths, and memory units. This multiplicity is either entirely hidden from the programmer, as in the case of implicit parallelism, or exposed to the programmer in different forms. In this chapter, we present an overview of important architectural concepts as they relate to parallel processing. The ...

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