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Parallel I/O

HPF is primarily designed to obtain high performance on massively parallel computers. Such massively parallel machines also need massively parallel input and output. Accordingly, there were three major proposals to include explicitly parallel I/O features in HPF, as well as several minor variations on the same theme. After much debate, HPFF voted not to include I/O extensions in the first version of HPF. (NOTE, however, that HPF1.1 defines changes to Fortran 90 data type of a few of the I/O keyword inquiry specifiers to allow for the possibility of very large files. See section on Fortran 90 Binding earlier in this chapter.)

The arguments for not making further extensions or changes for parallel I/O in HPF included:

Moreover the current lack of extensions does not limit features that may be added by system vendors. In particular:
Thu Dec 8 16:17:11 CST 1994