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An important application of resource analysis is to improve the performance of parallel and distributed programs. In this paper key resources are time, space and communication. Given the spectrum of cost models and associated analysis techniques available, what combination should be selected for a specific parallel or distributed context? The authors address the question as follows. They outline a continuum of coordination cost models and a range of analysis techniques. They consider six representative parallel/distributed applications of resource analysis techniques, and aim to extract general principles governing why the combination of techniques is effective in its context.
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