Dr. Dobb's is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Channels ▼

Community Voices

Dr. Dobb's Bloggers

Developing Parallel Apps in MATLAB Got Easier Today

May 09, 2008

You may not appreciate my pointing it out, but the biggest roadblock to advancement in high-performance computing is you.
That is, software development. Parallel programming is just plain hard. And while eleven and a half billion dollars was spent on HPC hardware last year, IDC analyst Jie Wu says that 'software development in this area will continue to be the number-one roadblock to further adoption of this  advanced hardware.'
So it's good news whenever somebody makes parallel software development easier.
Today, The MathWorks announced the inclusion of parallel computing capabilities in two of its MATLAB optimization toolboxes.
This should be a boon to scientists and engineers doing computationally-intensive software development using MATLAB. The new tools largely shield developers from the difficulties of parallel code development in these toolboxes. The toolboxes affected are the Optimization Toolbox and the Genetic Algorithm and Direct Search Toolbox; these have been integrated with the Parallel Computing Toolbox. Using the new capabilities, developers of parallel MATLAB apps for multicore computers and clusters can now solve computationally-intensive optimization problems without having to make significant changes to their code, the company said.
The Parallel Computing Toolbox extends the MATLAB language with a number of high-level parallel constructs, including parallel for-loops, distributed arrays, message-passing functions, and parallel numerical algorithms.

Related Reading

More Insights

Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.