Monday, March 14, 2005

Parallel systems development eyed by Eclipse

Parallel systems development eyed by Eclipse
The Eclipse tools environment is being extended to support development of applications for large, parallel systems, an Eclipse official said at the EclipseCon 2005 conference on Tuesday.

The Eclipse Foundation's parallel development tools project is intended to provide for more state-of-the-art development than what is being done with existing parallel tools such as vi, emax or Fred, said Gregory Watson, parallel project lead for Eclipse. The technology is in development at Los Alamos National Laboratory. With this effort, Eclipse is eyeing machines that will have as many as tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of nodes, Watson said.

"You need a tool that's going to scale to that sort of degree," he said.

Goals of Eclipse's effort include enabling parallel developers to use the Eclipse integrated development environment as well as integrated management and testing. "This is best practice, and that's where we want to get to with the parallel tools," said Watson.

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