A comparison of automatic parallelization tools/compilers on the SGI origin 2000

Michael Frumkin, Michelle Hribar, Haoqiang Jin, Abdul Waheed, Jerry Yan

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Porting applications to new high performance parallel and distributed computing platforms is a challenging task. Since writing parallel code by hand is time consuming and costly, porting codes would ideally be automated by using some parallelization tools and compilers. In this paper, we compare the performance of three parallelization tools and compilers based on the NAS Parallel Benchmark and a CFD application, ARC3D, on the SGI Origin2000 multiprocessor. The tools and compilers compared include: 1) CAPTools: an interactive computer aided parallelization toolkit, 2) Portland Group's HPF compiler, and 3) the MIPSPro FORTRAN compiler available on the Origin2000, with support for shared memory multiprocessing directives and MP runtime library. The tools and compilers are evaluated in four areas: 1) required user interaction, 2) limitations, 3) portability and 4) performance. Based on these results, a discussion on the feasibility of computer-aided parallelization of aerospace applications is presented along with suggestions for future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSC 1998 - Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)081868707X
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event1998 ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing, SC 1998 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Nov 7 1998Nov 13 1998

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Supercomputing


Conference1998 ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing, SC 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Automatic parallelization
  • CAPTools
  • HPF
  • NAS Parallel Benchmarks
  • Parallelization tools
  • Parallelizing compilers
  • SGI Origin200

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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