Encyclopedia of Parallel Computing

2011 Edition
| Editors: David Padua


  • Jack Dongarra
  • Piotr Luszczek
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-09766-4_153


Parallel Linear Algebra Software for Multi-core Architectures (PLASMA) is a free and open-source software library for numerical solution of linear equation systems on shared memory computers with multi-core processors. In particular, PLASMA is designed to give high efficiency on homogeneous multi-core processors and multi-socket systems of multi-core processors. As of today, majority of such systems are on-chip symmetric multiprocessors with classic super-scalar processors as their building blocks augmented with short-vector SIMD extensions (such as SSE and AltiVec). PLASMA is available for download from the PLASMA Web site (To obtain the PLASMA library logon to: http://icl.cs.utk.edu/plasma/).


The emergence of multi-core microprocessor designs marked the beginning of a forced march toward an era of computing in which research applications must be able to exploit parallelism at a continuing pace and unprecedented scale [ 1]. To answer this challenge PLASMA...
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack Dongarra
    • 1
  • Piotr Luszczek
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA