Swift (parallel scripting language)

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This article is about the parallel scripting language. For the Apple programming language, see Swift (programming language).
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Developer University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
First appeared 2007 (2007)
0.94.1 / 09/30/2013
License Apache License, Version 2.0
Website http://swift-lang.org

Swift[1] is an implicitly parallel programming language that allows the writing of scripts that distribute program execution across distributed computing resources,[2] including clusters, clouds, grids, and supercomputers. Swift implementations are open source under the Apache License, version 2.0.

Language features[edit]

A Swift script[3] describes strongly typed data, application components, invocations of applications components, and the inter-relations in the dataflow between those invocations. The program statements will automatically run in parallel unless there is a data dependency between them, given sufficient computing resources. The design of the language guarantees that results of a computation are deterministic, even though the order in which statements executes may vary. A special file data type is built into Swift and Swift allows command-line programs to be integrated into a program as typed functions. This allows programmers to write programs that treat command-line programs and files in the same way as regular functions and variables. A concept of "mapping"[4] is used to store and exchange complex data structures using a file system structure with files and directories.

Rapid dispatch of parallel tasks to a wide range of resources is implemented through a mechansim called "Coasters task dispatch".[5] A Message Passing Interface based implementation of the language[6] supports very high task execution rates (e.g., 3000 tasks per second)[7] on large clusters and supercomputers.

Area of applications[edit]

Application examples:[7][8]

  • Climate modelling
  • Economic modelling
  • Biochemical protein modelling
  • MRI analysis in neuroscience

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Swift Home Page". swift-lang.org. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  2. ^ Wilde, Michael; Hategan, Mihael; Wozniak, Justin M.; Clifford, Ben; Katz, Daniel S.; Foster, Ian (2011). "Swift: A language for distributed parallel scripting" (PDF). Parallel Computing 37 (9): 633–652. doi:10.1016/j.parco.2011.05.005. 
  3. ^ Reference manual, chapter 2
  4. ^ Reference manual, chapter 3
  5. ^ Hategan, Mihael; Wozniak, Justin; Maheshwari, Ketan (2011). "Coasters : uniform resource provisioning and access for scientific computing on clouds and grids" (PDF). Proceedings Utility and Cloud Computing. 
  6. ^ Wozniak, Justin M., Timothy G. Armstrong, Michael Wilde, Daniel S. Katz, Ewing Lusk, and Ian T. Foster. "Swift/T: Large-scale Application Composition via Distributed-memory Dataflow Processing." In Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid), 2013 13th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on, pp. 95-102. IEEE, 2013
  7. ^ a b Wilde, Michael; Foster, Ian; Iskra, Kamil; Beckman, Pete; Zhang, Zhao; Espinosa, Allan; Hategan, Mihael; Clifford, Ben; Raicu, Ioan (2009). "Parallel Scripting for Applications at the Petascale and Beyond" (PDF). Computer 42 (11). 
  8. ^ Case studies on the officiel site

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