By Alice E. Koniges
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Tasks are generally created at program startup or very shortly thereafter. Communication and synchronization between the tasks is accomplished through calls to library routines. The lower-level mechanism by which the message is sent is transparent to the application programmer. Message passing is largely the model of choice on MIMD computers with physically distributed memory because the close relationship between the model and the hardware architecture allows the programmer to write code in an optimal manner for the hardware.
The difference is that a CPU fetches its own instructions and has its own program counter that points to the instruction to be fetched at a given instant. A processing element is fed instructions by its control unit, which has the only program counter. Adding to the terminology confusion, we have SPMD, which stands for Single Program Multiple Data and is basically a restriction of the MIMD model. In SPMD, each processor executes exactly the same program on a different subset of the program data.
However, this is not the typical case. One key reason is that at most a fraction, f, of the program may be parallelizable. 9 percent parallel. Therefore, there is little point to encountering the overhead in requesting and releasing processes because the processors are needed almost the whole time. Speedup = 1 (1 − f )+ f / p This is the famous Amdahl’s law. If f is 100 percent, then speedup is P. To make good use of an MPP with a large number of processors, it is necessary to have f fairly close to 100 percent.