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Re: Octave parallel computing toolbox

From: Ben Abbott
Subject: Re: Octave parallel computing toolbox
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 11:16:15 -0800

How is the communication between your library and Octave/Matlab done?


On Thursday, January 24, 2008, at 02:08PM, "Ganesh Bikshandi" <address@hidden> 
>The current library (which is under active development) is released
>under Eclipse public license. But, I am not sure about the Octave or
>Matlab port. That is part of a incubation program in the company I am
>working for (IBM).  When the project materializes, I can give a clear
>picture about this. Now, the project is only in the pre-selection
>phase. A good justification is required for the project to be
>selected. I thought that since Octave does not seem to have good
>parallel programming interface (like Matlab), that is a sound
>justification to push my proposal.  (Correct me, if Octave already has
>a deluge of Parallel programming tools like Matlab).
>We want this stuff to run in IBM hardware (like Bluegene) and we don't
>want to be bogged down by any source code or licensing issues. Plus we
>want to run in SPMD mode (atleast in the initial phases of
>development). That means we want N Octave instances running, where N
>is the number of compute nodes. Using Octave we overcome all the
>licensing, source code and portability limitations. (IMHO).
>On Jan 24, 2008 11:30 AM, John W. Eaton <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On 24-Jan-2008, Ganesh Bikshandi wrote:
>> | Dear Octave Developers/Users,
>> |
>> | We have developed a  parallel programming library intended for (C or
>> | F77) + MPI programmers. The library is more productive and offers
>> | better performance than MPI.
>> |
>> |  We are planning to have a MATLAB port of the library. But, since
>> | MATLAB has several  parallel programming tools (Mathworks themselves
>> | ship a Distributed Computing Toolbox) which provide adequate support
>> | for parallel programming, we are now pondering over porting to OCTAVE
>> | instead. We want to know the state of the art in OCTAVE parallel
>> | programming. We need a strong business case for our project. If OCTAVE
>> | does not have capabilities similar to MATLAB, then poring our library
>> | to OCTAVE will result in a new product. In this regard, if you can let
>> | us know the current support for OCTAVE parallel programming and the
>> | necessity of parallel programming tools in OCTAVE, that will give us a
>> | clear picture.
>> It is Octave, not OCTAVE.
>> What are the license terms for your library  How will it be linked
>> with Octave?
>> jwe
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