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Development and Verification of Parallel Algorithms in the Data Field Model



Björn Lisper, Jonas Holmerin

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Proc. 2nd Int. Workshop on Constructive Methods for Parallel Programming


Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik, Universität Passau


Data fields are partial functions provided with explicit domain information. They provide a very general, formal model for collections of data. Algorithms computing data collections can be described in this formalism at various levels of abstraction: in particular, explicit data distributions are easy to model. Parallel versions of algorithms can then be formally verified against algorithm specifications in the model. Functions computing data fields can be directly programmed in the language Data Field Haskell. In this paper we give a brief introduction to the data field model. We then describe Data Field Haskell and make a small case study of how an algorithm and a parallel version of it both can be specified in the language. We then verify the correctness of the parallel version in the data field model.


author = {Bj{\"o}rn Lisper and Jonas Holmerin},
title = {Development and Verification of Parallel Algorithms in the Data Field Model},
editor = {Sergei Gorlatch and Christian Lengauer},
pages = {115--130},
month = {July},
year = {2000},
booktitle = {Proc. 2nd Int. Workshop on Constructive Methods for Parallel Programming},
publisher = {Fakult{\"a}t f{\"u}r Mathematik und Informatik, Universit{\"a}t Passau},
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