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allegro on a solbourne
> From: georgej@Franz.COM (George Jacob)
> Date: Tue, 04 Dec 90 14:24:43 EST
> >> Does anybody have experience with running allegro on a Solbourne?
> >> I'm mainly interested in ways to take advantage of the mulitple
> >> processors. I presume mp:run-process does NOT have the capability to
> >> run a process on another processor, since it is a lightweight process
> >> within the allegro process. Has anyone tried using shared memory to
> >> communicate between two lisps, each running on a separate processor?
> >> I want to do what I'll call "high granularity parallelization" for
> >> example: get-data-for-shot-i, do-signal-processing-for-shot-(i-1),
> >> display-and-archive-shot-(i-2), etc. (I hope that makes sense)
> You are correct in presuming that mp:run-process does not have the
> capability to run a process on another processor.
> While not necessarily of help to you on the Solbourne (yet!), Franz does
> market a multiprocessor Lisp, entitled Allegro CLiP (for Common Lisp in
> Parallel) that does allow the running of Lisp lightweight processes on
> different processors. CLiP is based on the UC Berkeley dialect of SPUR
> Lisp, and comes with primitives for manipulating lightweight processes
> (LWP's), message-passing and signals between LWP's, as well as blocking
> and non-blocking locks. CLiP also has macrolibraries for Multilisp and
> Qlisp, and thus has an implementation of futures. Currently, CLiP is
> only available on the Sequent Symmetry (and, yes, it does use the shared
> memory to communicate between lgihtweight processes), but this could
> change given sufficient marketing impetus (read: vote now!).
> George Jacob
> Franz Inc.
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Thanks for your messsage. I'll remember to keep in touch with
Franz about a Solbourne version of CLiP. I'm still at the stage of
trying to convince people a multiprocessor computer is a good way to
go, so I can't claim I represent a big market, but things seem to be
moving in the right direction.