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Testing Out OpenMP 4.0 Features in LLVM/Clang

The Clang compiler, which is part of the LLVM tools, includes a special branch that adds OpenMP support. In this blog, Jeff Cogswell tries out the OpenMP 4.0 features of Clang, and gets some interesting results. Let’s test out the OpenMP 4.0 features in clang. But before getting started, I …

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Advisor XE: Parallelism Made Easy While You Code

Where will parallel processing give you the greatest gains? What parts of your code will scale from core to core with ease? What errors or sharing problems exist in the code you have today? You can learn all that and more before you do any threading at all by running …

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How to Use Debugging, Exception Features in TBB

Threading Building Blocks (TBB) includes a set of exception handlers that are carefully crafted for multithreaded support, as well as code for debugging. In this blog, Jeff Cogswell gives a brief introduction to both features. Writing parallel code can sometimes be difficult and can result in bugs and strange errors. …

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‘High Performance Parallelism Pearls’: Lessons from the Field

The latest book from James Reinders and Jim Jeffers packs the real-world parallel programming experiences of 69 experts into 28 chapters. “High Performance Parallelism Pearls: Multicore and Many-core Programming Approaches” aims to show readers how to “leverage parallelism on processors and coprocessors with the same programming – illustrating the most …

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Building the OpenMP Branch of LLVM/Clang

The Clang compiler in the LLVM tools doesn’t support OpenMP by default. But a branch is available that does. Jeff Cogswell shows you how to build this branch and then compile an OpenMP program.

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Mixing C++11 and TBB Threads

Threading Building Blocks (TBB) includes a set of threading class that live in the standard namespace. How well do these fit together with the C++11 classes? Some cases work, and some don’t. Jeff Cogswell clears it up. When you’re using Threading Building Blocks (TBB) with a C++11 compiler, you can …

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How TBB Goes Atomic

Threading Building Blocks includes several atomic functions. But how does it make these atomics work? Jeff Cogswell looks under the hood of TBB to find what assembly code it uses.   Threading Building Blocks  contains several atomic operations that allow you to run lockless parallel applications. In order to accomplish …

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Parallelizing Tachyon Ray Tracer

Parallel Studio includes a sample program called Tachyon, which is an open-source ray tracer. Intel has included versions of the code that add parallelization, greatly speeding it up. Jeff Cogswell shows you how to try it out. When you install Parallel Studio XE, you get several sample applications that live …

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How Numerical Integration Adds Up for Parallel Coding

In the second part of a look at the intersection between scientific applications and parallel programming, Jeff Cogswell explores numerical integration as a prime example of how scientific applications can use parallelization in their mathematical functions. Last time, I talked about how software such as SeisSol, a seismology simulator, uses …

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Applying Scientific Apps to Parallel Programming

To come up with a highly parallel scientific app for modeling seismic activity, developers turned to an important mathematical technique for solving differential equations. Jeff Cogswell discusses how similar functions work well with parallel programming. We recently ran a news story on Go Parallel about a high-performance application called SeisSol. …

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