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TERA COMPUTER ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR OPENMP.

Tera Computer (Nasdaq:TERA), has announced that it will provide support for OpenMP as part of bundled software available with Tera MTA systems. OpenMP is an application program interface (API) that provides a shared memory programming style for a wide range of computer systems.

Tera already fully supports uniform shared memory on its Tera MTA system. Now, its support of OpenMP will also allow code developers to use a standard set of compiler directives providing easy portability to other vendor systems.

"OpenMP has already been endorsed by a number of third-party application developers whose codes are important to Tera's prospective customers," said David Callahan, Tera's chief scientist, languages and compilers. "Supporting OpenMP will facilitate running such third-party application software on Tera MTA systems."

"OpenMP is also interesting in that it is competition for MPI. MPI has been the preferred way for users to code in a way that was portable across a number of platforms," said Preston Briggs, head of Tera's compiler group. "Of course, it is a painful way to code, but it is indeed portable to all those distributed-memory machines. Now OpenMP offers an easier alternative that's equally useful for maintaining portability across popular shared-memory computers."

Highlighting Traceview

In other news, Tera indicated that it plans to highlight its Traceview performance analysis tool and other aids to parallel programming at SC'98 next week in Orlando, Florida. "Parallel programming is far simpler to accomplish on the Tera MTA system, but it can still be difficult," said David Callahan. "Our compilers and tools free the programmer to concentrate on extracting parallelism from their programs rather than battling with the problems of data locality that afflict other architectures."

More information on OpenMP is available at www.openmp.org. More information on Tera's Traceview tool can be obtained from www.tera.com.

For more information about Tera and its MTA systems, contact the company at 2815 Eastlake Avenue E., Seattle, WA 98102. Phone: 206/490-2000. Fax: 206/325-2433. E-mail: info@tera.com, or http://www.tera.com.
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