Parallelizing while loops for multiprocessor systems Conference Paper uri icon


  • Current parallelizing compilers treat while loops and do loops with conditional exits as sequential constructs because their iteration space is unknown. Because these types of loops arise frequently in practice, we have developed techniques that can automatically transform them for parallel execution. We succeed in parallelizing loops involving linked lists traversals - something that has not been done before. This is an important problem since linked list traversals arise frequently in loops with irregular access patterns, such as sparse matrix computations. The methods can even be applied to loops whose data dependence relations cannot be analyzed at compile-time. Experimental results on loops from the PERFECT Benchmarks and sparse matrix packages show that these techniques can yield significant speedups.

name of conference

  • 9th International Parallel Processing Symposium

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of 9th International Parallel Processing Symposium

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Rauchwerger, L., & Padua, D.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Rauchwerger, L||Padua, D

publication date

  • January 1995