Lambda the Ultimate

inactiveTopic Cilk
started 3/30/2004; 2:34:09 PM - last post 4/2/2004; 1:22:23 AM
Mark Evans - Cilk  blueArrow
3/30/2004; 2:34:09 PM (reads: 10944, responses: 1)

Cilk is a language for multithreaded parallel programming based on ANSI C. Cilk is designed for general-purpose parallel programming, but it is especially effective for exploiting dynamic, highly asynchronous parallelism, which can be difficult to write in data-parallel or message-passing style. Using Cilk, our group has developed three world-class chess programs, StarTech, *Socrates, and Cilkchess. Cilk provides an effective platform for programming dense and sparse numerical algorithms, such as matrix factorization and N-body simulations, and we are working on other types of applications. Unlike many other multithreaded programming systems, Cilk is algorithmic, in that the runtime system employs a scheduler that allows the performance of programs to be estimated accurately based on abstract complexity measures.

Posted to Parallel/Distributed by Mark Evans on 3/30/04; 2:34:46 PM

BigZaphod - Re: Cilk  blueArrow
4/2/2004; 1:22:23 AM (reads: 89, responses: 0)
This seems like a great idea! Let the language manage the complexity whenever possible. I didn't spend any real time on it, but it seemed to have problems working on my MacOS X 10.3.3 box. Perhaps due to gcc 3... I dunno. Fun, though.