Frame: An Imperative Coordination Language for Parallel Programming

Research output: Working paper


We present Frame, a simple language which facilitates structured expression of imperative parallelism. Programs
are described at two levels. The top level captures the main parallel algorithmic structure (which may be nested) and is
independent of the language used in the lower level to describe the building blocks of sequential or unstructured parallel
code which it coordinates. In the current instantiation of Frame the lower level code is expressed in C with calls to
MPI. Frame exists as a simple demonstration of the principle of combining nested imperative parallel control structure
with properly contained ad-hoc parallelism. Subsequent languages in the Frame family should augment it with further
control constructs, more sophisticated interfaces to the ad-hoc level and optimised implementation strategies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSchool of Informatics
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2000

Publication series

NameInformatics Research Report
PublisherDivision of Informatics


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