A coarse-grain parallel program typically has one thread (task) per processor, whereas a fine-grain program has one thread for each independent unit of work. Although there are several advantages to fine-grain parallelism, conventional wisdom is that coarse-grain parallelism is more efficient This paper illustrates the advantages of fine-grain parallelism and presents an efficient implementation for shared-memory machines. The approach has been implemented in a portable software package called Filaments, which employs a unique combination of techniques to achieve efficiency. The performance of the fine-grain programs discussed in this paper is always within 13% of a hand-coded coarse-grain program and is usually within 5%.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Concurrency Practice and Experience|
|State||Published - Mar 1998|
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