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Kwiatkowski, J., M. Andruszkiewicz, E. Luque, T. Margalef, J. C. Cunha, J. M. Lourenço, H. Krawczyk, and S. Szejko, "Teaching parallel processing: development of curriculum and software tools", SIGCUE Outlook, vol. 24, New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 159–161, 1996. Abstractsigcse96.pdfWebsite

This paper presents an approach to education in Parallel and Distributed Processing undertaken in the Technical University of Gdansk and Technical University of Wroclaw. The paper gives a detailed structure of the project entitled "Teaching Parallel Processing: Development of Curriculum and Software Tools" which was started in 1994 and will be finish in 1997. Two universities from Poland: Technical University of Gdansk and Technical University of Wroclaw and two universities from EC countries: University Autònoma of Barcelona from Spain and University Nova of Lisbon from Portugal participate in the presented project. The main aim of the project is to develop existing curricula of Computer Science specialisation and to establish specialisation concerned with parallel and distributed processing at Polish universities.

Lourenço, J. M., and G. Cunha, "Testing patterns for software transactional memory engines", Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Systems: Testing, Analysis, and Debugging (PADTAD'07), New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 36–42, 2007. Abstractpadtad21s.pdf

The emergence of multi-core processors is promoting the use of concurrency and multithreading. To raise the abstraction level of synchronization constructs is fundamental to ease the development of concurrent software, and Software Transactional Memory (STM) is a good approach towards such goal. However, execution environment issues such as the processor instruction set, caching policy, and memory model, may have strong influence upon the reliability of STM engines. This paper addresses the testing of STM engines aiming at improving their reliability and independence from execution environment. From our experience with porting and extending a specific STM engine, we report on some of the bugs found and synthesize some testing patterns that proved to be useful at testing STM engines.

Lourenço, J. M., and J. C. Cunha, "A Thread-Level Distributed Debugger", Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Vector and Parallel Processing (VecPar'98), Porto, Portugal, Universidade do Porto, pp. 359–366, 1998. Abstractvecpar98.pdf

In order to address the diversity of existing parallel programming models, it is important to provide development environments that can be incrementally extended with new services. Concerning the debugging of process based models, we have previously designed and implemented a basic interface that can be accessed by other tools as well as by debugging modules associated with high-level programming languages.

Cunha, J. C., J. M. Lourenço, and V. Duarte, "Tool Integration Issues for Parallel and Distributed Debugging", Proceedings of the 3rd SEIHPC Workshop, Braga, Portugal, University of Westminster, 1998. Abstractseihpc98.pdf

This paper describes our experience with the design and implementation of a distributed debugger for C/PVM programs within the scope of the SEPP and HPCTI Copernicus projects. These projects aimed at the development of an integrated parallel software engineering environment based on a high-level graphical parallel programming model (GRAPNEL) and a set of associated tools supporting graphical edition, compilation, simulated and real parallel execution, testing, debugging, performance monitoring, mapping, and load balancing. We discuss how the development of the debugging tool was strongly influenced by the requirements posed by other tools in the environment, namely support for high-level graphical debugging of GRAPNEL programs, and support for the integration of static and dynamic analysis tools. We describe the functionalities of the DDBG debugger and its internal architecture, and discuss its integration with two separate tools in the SEPP/HPCTI environment: the GRED graphical editor for GRAPNEL programs, and the STEPS testing tool for C/PVM programs.

Dikaiakos, M., O. Rana, S. Ur, and J. M. Lourenço, "Topic 1: Support Tools and Environments", Euro-Par 2008 Parallel Processing, vol. 5168, Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, pp. 1–2, 2008. Abstract

The spread of systems that provide parallelism either «in-the-large» (grid infrastructures, clusters) or «in-the-small» (multi-core chips), creates new opportunities for exploiting parallelism in a wider spectrum of application domains. However, the increasing complexity of parallel and distributed platforms renders the programming, the use, and the management of these systems a costly endeavor that requires advanced expertise and skills. Therefore, there is an increasing need for powerful support tools and environments that will help end-users, application programmers, software engineers and system administrators to manage the increasing complexity of parallel and distributed platforms.