Language interoperability for high-performance parallel scientific components

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With the increasing complexity and interdisciplinary nature of scientific applications, code reuse is becoming increasingly important in scientific computing. One method for facilitating code reuse is the use of components technologies, which have been used widely in industry. However, components have only recently worked their way into scientific computing. Language interoperability is an important underlying technology for these component architectures. In this paper, we present an approach to language interoperability for a high-performance parallel, component architecture being developed by the Common Component Architecture (CCA) group. Our approach is based on Interface Definition Language (IDL) techniques. We have developed a Scientific ... continued below

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Elliot, N; Kohn, S & Smolinski, B May 18, 1999.

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With the increasing complexity and interdisciplinary nature of scientific applications, code reuse is becoming increasingly important in scientific computing. One method for facilitating code reuse is the use of components technologies, which have been used widely in industry. However, components have only recently worked their way into scientific computing. Language interoperability is an important underlying technology for these component architectures. In this paper, we present an approach to language interoperability for a high-performance parallel, component architecture being developed by the Common Component Architecture (CCA) group. Our approach is based on Interface Definition Language (IDL) techniques. We have developed a Scientific Interface Definition Language (SIDL), as well as bindings to C and Fortran. We have also developed a SIDL compiler and run-time library support for reference counting, reflection, object management, and exception handling (Babel). Results from using Babel to call a standard numerical solver library (written in C) from C and Fortran show that the cost of using Babel is minimal, where as the savings in development time and the benefits of object-oriented development support for C and Fortran far outweigh the costs.

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  • International Symposium on Computing in Object-Oriented Parallel Environments, San Francisco, CA (US), 09/29/1999--10/02/1999

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JC-134260
  • Report No.: YN0100000
  • Report No.: 99-ERD-078
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 14301
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc621114

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Elliot, N; Kohn, S & Smolinski, B. Language interoperability for high-performance parallel scientific components, article, May 18, 1999; California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc621114/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.