The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has recently approved a Technical Report describing a set of data-parallel extensions to the ANSI C Programming Language. This set of language extensions, known as the Data Parallel C Extensions (DPCE), builds upon extensive prior experience with data-parallel dialects of ANSI C, primarily Thinking Machines Corporation's C*.
The DPCE design was driven by goals of performance transparency and efficiency, portability, machine independence, and relatively minor changes to C. These goals have been met by adding to ANSI C the notion of shape, parallel types (including parallel pointer types), extended overloaded operators, explicit mechanisms for communications, and elemental functions.
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