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HPC Thought Leaders Publish New Book on Using Advanced MPI

jpegA new MPI book is available for pre-order on Amazon. Written by William Gropp, Torsten Hoefler, Ewing Lusk, and Rajeev Thakur, Using Advanced MPI: Modern Features of the Message-Passing Interface offers a practical guide to the advanced features of the MPI (Message-Passing Interface) standard library for writing programs for parallel computers. It covers new features added in MPI-3, the latest version of the MPI standard, and updates from MPI-2.

With the ubiquitous use of multiple cores to accelerate applications ranging from science and engineering to Big Data, programming with MPI is essential,” said David A. Bader, Professor and Chair, School of Computational Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. “Every software developer for high performance applications will find this book useful for programming on modern multicore, cluster, and cloud computers.”

Like its companion volume, Using MPI, this new book takes an informal, example-driven, tutorial approach. The material in each chapter is organized according to the complexity of the programs used as examples, starting with the simplest example and moving to more complex ones.

Using Advanced MPI covers major changes in MPI-3, including changes to remote memory access and one-sided communication that simplify semantics and enable better performance on modern hardware; new features such as nonblocking and neighborhood collectives for greater scalability on large systems; and minor updates to parallel I/O and dynamic processes. It also covers support for hybrid shared-memory/message-passing programming; MPI_Message, which aids in certain types of multithreaded programming; features that handle very large data; an interface that allows the programmer and the developer to access performance data; and a new binding of MPI to Fortran.

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