Preface

Parallel computing has been given a fresh breath of life since the emergence of multicore architectures in the first decade of the new century. The new platforms demand a new approach to software development; one that blends the tools and established practices of the network-of-workstations era with emerging software platforms such as CUDA.

This book tries to address this need by covering the dominant contemporary tools and techniques, both in isolation and also most importantly in combination with each other. We strive to provide examples where multiple platforms and programming paradigms (e.g., message passing & threads) are effectively combined. “Hybrid” computation, as it is usually called, is a new trend in high-performance computing, ...

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