Toward Optimizing Distributed Programs Directed by Configurations

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1998-10-15

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Networks of workstations are now viable environments for running distributed and parallel applications. Recent advances in software interconnection technology enables programmers to prepare applications to run in dynamically changing environments because module interconnection activity is regarded as an essentially distinct and different intellectual activity so as isolated from that of implementing individual modules. But there remains the question of how to optimize the performance of those applications for a given execution environment: how can developers realize performance gains without paying a high programming cost to specialize their application for the target environment? Interconnection technology has allowed programmers to tailor and tune their applications on distributed environments, but the traditional approach to this process has ignored the performance issue over gracefully seemless integration of various software components.

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