A lightweight communication interface for parallel programming environments

  • Matthias Brune
  • Jörn Gehring
  • Alexander Reinefeld
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1225)


We present a small, extensible software interface for the communication between different parallel programming models. With only four new commands our PLUS communication interface can be easily integrated into existing parallel codes, allowing tasks to transparently communicate from, e.g., PVM to MPI and PARIX, or any other parallel programming model.

PLUS is one important software module that has been developed within the Metacomputer Online initiative. The core idea of Metacomputer Online is to design small, versatile and extensible interfaces between existing software modules with the goal to build a WAN metacomputer by linking suitable existing software packages.

Our current PLUS implementation supports inter-process communication between PVM, MPI and PARIX. Much effort has been spent on optimizing the communication across internet and intranet links. As a result, our PLUS communication is usually faster than raw stream socket TCP/IP communication supported by the various parallel programming models.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Brune
    • 1
  • Jörn Gehring
    • 1
  • Alexander Reinefeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Paderborn Center for Parallel ComputingPaderbornGermany

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