Low-Pain, High-Gain Multicore Programming in Haskell: Coordinating Irregular Symbolic Computations on MultiCore Architectures

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Executive Summary

With the emergence of commodity multicore architectures, exploiting tightly-coupled parallelism has become increasingly important. Functional programming languages, such as Haskell, are, in principle, well placed to take advantage of this trend, offering the ability to easily identify large amounts of fine-grained parallelism. Unfortunately, obtaining real performance benefits has often proved hard to realize in practice. This paper reports on a new approach using middleware that has been constructed using the Eden parallel dialect of Haskell.

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