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Resource analyses for parallel and distributed coordination

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  • P.W. Trinder
  • M.I. Cole
  • K. Hammond
  • H-W. Loidl
  • G.J. Michaelson

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-348
Number of pages40
JournalConcurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
Issue number3
Early online date22 Dec 2011
StatePublished - Mar 2013


Predicting the resources that are consumed by a program component is crucial for many parallel or distributed systems. In this context, the main resources of interest are execution time, space and communication/synchronisation costs. There has recently been significant progress in resource analysis technology, notably in type-based analyses and abstract interpretation. At the same time, parallel and distributed computing are becoming increasingly important.

This paper synthesises progress in both areas to survey the state-of-the-art in resource analysis for parallel and distributed computing. We articulate a general model of resource analysis and describe parallel/distributed resource analysis together with the relationship to sequential analysis. We use three parallel or distributed resource analyses as examples and provide a critical evaluation of the analyses. We investigate why the chosen analysis is effective for each application and identify general principles governing why the resource analysis is effective.

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  • resource analysis, cost models, parallelism, distributed systems

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