Quick Quiz: Which of these parallelism technical terms did I just make up?

A. agglomeration
B. static partitioning
C. livelock
D. statistical exclusivity
E. syncronization object

If you haven’t given another thought to parallelism since your operating systems class in college, now’s the time to brush up. Intel and Programmer’s Paradise are hosting a technical roadshow right now to teach Windows C++ developers how to take advantage of multi-core processors. These one-day events are free and may be coming to your city soon! In March we will be in Boston, New York and New Jersey. More cities are being added throughout the year. Check here to sign up or see the latest scheduled dates: http://www.programmers.com/PPI_US/partnercenter/partners.aspx?name=parallelism_techday
And by the way, “statistical exclusivity” is the bogus term. :)

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Jerry Baugh (Intel)'s picture

I did benchmark mining for years - just didn't call it that. Great term for the process of frantically hunting for the right application... :-)

Shannon Cepeda (Intel)'s picture

An excellent idea! I think I'll try that.
I've done "benchmark mining" before too (didn't call it that though). We should try to popularize that term. :)

Clay B.'s picture

I'm with Shannon. I've never heard of "statistical exclusivity." Jim does give a good definition, though.

Maybe the next quiz should have an odd term and choose between 4-5 possible definitions. Or readers could submit definitions. For example, "benchmark mining" is the science of finding an appropriate applicaiton to use as a platfrom performance benchmark from a large collection of such apps. (And it's an area of research that I made up for a status report almost 15 years ago.)

Shannon Cepeda (Intel)'s picture

Hi Jim,
Thanks for the comment! I have never heard this term before, but I like the definition you gave. It sounds like these quizzes are a good way for everyone to learn new vocabulary.

jimdempseyatthecove's picture


I tend to disagree.

"statistical exclusivity" is a term that appropriately describes a parallel programming bug. IOW your code statistically behaves as if it had exclusivity and on occasion does not.


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