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OpenMP 4.0 Majorly Advances Parallel Programming

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Published on 06 August 2013 12:22 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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The OpenMP 4.0 specification has been unveiled as a major new specification for programming of accelerators, SIMD programming, and better optimization using thread affinity.

OpenMP 4.0 is considered a major upgrade to the OpenMP API and provides new interfaces for moving data between different computing devices. With OpenMP 4.0, the OpenMP Consortium is looking to extend its reach beyond just high-performance computing and beginning to tap new opportunities found with DSPs and other new compute devices. OpenMP 4.0 also has better error handling, thread affinity, tasking extensions, support for Fortran 2003, user-defined reductions, and sequentially consistent atomics.

More details on the OpenMP 4.0 specification can be found at OpenMP.org.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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