Supercomputing'95 Ptools Questionnaire on Parallel Tools
Q. 1. Favorite parallel tool - what do you like about it?
General responses are given first, then specific tools in alphabetic order.
One respondent gave two answers.
programming languages (8 responses)
none (6 responses)
- Linda - easy to work with.
- MPI (MPSCH implementation) - standardized, widely posted, well-designed,
and it works.
- MPI - nice & easy to use.
- MPI - portable, efficient.
- OCCAM2 - effective, easy to learn, high-level language.
- OCCAM2 - easy, simple, effective.
- PVM - it is widely available.
- PVM - at this point it is the only free tool I know how to use.
Condor sounds very promising, but I've never used it before.
Sprite does everything I want, but it's OS, so I can't install it on
no particular tool named (2 responses)
- I don't use any!
- [4 blank]
AIMS from NASA Ames (1 response)
- Automated parallel compilers.
- WRITE and PRINTF.
BBN's TotalView Debugger (4 responses)
- Relatively easy to use; useful space time diagrams & comp/comm charts.
BBN's Uniform System Library (1 response)
- It is very easy to query the system via diving with the right mouse
button. The only gripe is that there can be too many windows --> BBN
should check out what CRI has done with Version 2.0 (process
configurable sliders on all windows).
- It has most of what you need (EXCEPT THREADS!).
- Nice debugging tool with functions that I haven't seen in other debuggers.
- Commercial! across many platforms.
cxdb (1 response)
- I have yet to use one that I like - but my experience is limited. I used
to use BBN's Uniform System library - it was ugly but very robust & functional.
DAQV - Distributed Array Query and Visualization (1 response)
- Don't have a favorite - cxdb.
IBM Systems Monitor for AIX (1 response)
- Very portable with HPF compiler.
IMPACT from Bannsoft[?] (1 response)
mppview (1 response)
ParaGraph (1 response)
SGI's cvperf (1 response)
Thinking Machine's Prism (2 responses)
- Simple to use, and easy to control nodes from.
PTOPP from CSRD at the Univ. of Illinois (1 response)
- Debugger and data visualization.
- None really - I liked PRISM, but it tended to be too complicated and
Symbolic Lisp Machine (1 response)
- loop-by-loop profiling
- experiment support
- performance browser
- performance database
Upshot Program Visualization System (1 response)
- My favorite software tool was the Symbolic Lisp
Machine because everything was interactive & integrated together.
- Nupshot [New upshot] with modifications.
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