Argonne National Laboratory

Learning from the Success of MPI

TitleLearning from the Success of MPI
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsGropp, WD
Date Published08/2001
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P903-0801

The Message Passing Interface (MPI) has been extremely successful as a portable way to program high-performance parallel computers. This success has occurred in spite of the view of many that message passing is difficult and that other approaches, including automatic parallelization and directive-based parallelism, are easier to use. This paper argues that MPI has succeeded because it addresses all of the important issues in providing a parallel programming model.