Berkeley patterns for parallel programming

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From the Intel Software Network, we find news that Berkeley’s ParLab has hosted a workshop focused on writing design patterns for parallel computing

Ok, so…why is this interesting? Consider: the present state of parallel programming looks a lot like that of object-oriented programming in the early 1990s — a small number of practioners understand and use it, but the overall profession looks on with anxiety. The Design Patterns approach helped to shove OO into the mainstream; could it do so again for parallel programming?

The group is inviting broad participation. Check out the project wiki.


  1. It’s not just design patterns, but also the paltform independence of JAVA that shoved OO into mainstream.

  2. I doubt that; it took some time before JAVA got accepted.