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Accelerating code on multi-cores with FastFlow

Marco Aldinucci, Marco Danelutto, Peter Kilpatrick, Massimiliano Meneghin, Massimo Torquati
Computer Science Department, University of Torino, Italy
Proceedings of the 17th international conference on Parallel processing – Volume Part II, Euro-Par’11, 2011

@article{aldinucci2011accelerating,

   title={Accelerating code on multi-cores with FastFlow},

   author={Aldinucci, M. and Danelutto, M. and Kilpatrick, P. and Meneghin, M. and Torquati, M.},

   journal={Proc. of 17th Intl. Euro-Par},

   volume={11},

   year={2011}

}

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FastFlow is a programming framework specifically targeting cache-coherent shared-memory multi-cores. It is implemented as a stack of C++ template libraries built on top of lock-free (and memory fence free) synchronization mechanisms. Its philosophy is to combine programmability with performance. In this paper a new FastFlow programming methodology aimed at supporting parallelization of existing sequential code via offloading onto a dynamically created software accelerator is presented. The new methodology has been validated using a set of simple micro-benchmarks and some real applications.
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