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Re: CommsTime times?

Dyke/Oyvind et al.,

>   6. With the PAR version of delta, the communication loads are the same
>      as for the SEQ delta, but there is the additional overhead of starting
>      up and shutting down one new process per cycle.

In the hardware case, with the optimisations reported at CPA2000, the
reverse is the case. A 2-component PAR is FASTER than a 2-component SEQ.
At best, if both communications are ready to proceed, PAR is twice as fast
as SEQ.

In general PAR is faster than SEQ - if PAR truly is parallel, but the current
implementation may not quite achieve that for the particular case of a
3-component PAR/SEQ.


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