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The current trend to multicore architectures underscores the need of parallelism. While new languages and alternatives for supporting more efficiently these systems are proposed, MPI faces this new challenge. Therefore, up-to-date performance evaluations of current options for programming multicore systems are needed. This paper evaluates MPI performance against Unified Parallel C (UPC) and OpenMP on multicore architectures. From the analysis of the results, it can be concluded that MPI is generally the best choice on multicore systems with both shared and hybrid shared/distributed memory, as it takes the highest advantage of data locality, the key factor for performance in these systems.
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