Welcome! We are the Parallel Programming Laboratory.

Our goal is to develop technology that improves performance of parallel applications while also improving programmer productivity. We aim to reach a point where, with our freely distributed software base, complex irregular and dynamic applications can (a) be developed quickly and (b) perform scalably on machines with thousands of processors.

Processor virtualization is one of our core techniques: the programmer divides the computation into a large number of entities, which are mapped to the available processors by an intelligent runtime system. This separation of concerns between programmers and the system is key to attaining both our goals together.

Charm++ and MPI: Combining the Best of Both Worlds

This work explores a framework that enables hybrid parallel programming with MPI and Charm++, and allows programmers to develop different modules of a parallel application in these two languages while facilitating smooth interoperation. MPI and Charm++ embody two distinct perspectives for writing parallel programs. While MPI provides a processor-centric, user-driven model for developing parallel codes, Charm++ supports work-centric, overdecomposition-based, system-driven parallel programming. One or the other can be the best or...