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8 Message Passing Library (MPL)

MPL is the Message Passing Library designed by IBM for message passing over the tightly coupled, distributed memory system of the SP2. The programming model is MIMD (multiple instruction multiple data). Inter-task communication occurs through message passing. The number of tasks dedicated to run a parallel program in MPL is fixed at load time. Unlike PVM, new tasks cannot be ``spawned" during runtime.

Note: The programmer is explicitly responsible for identifying and implementing parallelism within each program in MPL.

MPL allows both process-to-process communication and collective (or global) communication. Process-to process communication is used when two processes communicate with one another using sends and receives. Collective communication is used when one process communicates with several other processes at one time using broadcast, scatter, gather, or reduce operations.