Conformal Computing: Algebraically connecting the hardware/software boundary using a uniform approach to high-performance computation for software and hardware applications

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Mullin, Lenore R.
Raynolds, James E.
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We present a systematic, algebraically based, design methodology for efficient implementation of computer programs optimized over multiple levels of the processor/memory and network hierarchy. Using a common formalism to describe the problem and the partitioning of data over processors and memory levels allows one to mathematically prove the efficiency and correctness of a given algorithm as measured in terms of a set of metrics (such as processor/network speeds, etc.). The approach allows the average programmer to achieve high-level optimizations similar to those used by compiler writers (e.g. the notion of "tiling"). The approach presented in this monograph makes use of A Mathematics of Arrays (MoA, Mullin 1988) and an indexing calculus (i.e. the psi-calculus) to enable the programmer to develop algorithms using high-level compiler-like optimizations through the ability to algebraically compose and reduce sequences of array operations. Extensive discussion and benchmark results are presented for the Fast Fourier Transform and other important algorithms.
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Computer Science - Mathematical Software
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