Data-parallel hello world

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This program uses Chapel’s data parallel features to create a parallel hello world program that utilizes multiple cores on a single locale (compute node).

The following configuration constant indicates the number of messages to print out. The default can be overridden on the command-line (e.g., ./hello --numMessages=1000000).

config const numMessages = 100;

Next, we use a data-parallel forall-loop to iterate over a range representing the number of messages to print. By default, forall-loops will typically be executed cooperatively by a number of tasks proportional to the hardware parallelism on which the loop is running. Ranges like 1..numMessages are always local to the current task’s locale, so this forall-loop will execute using the number of local processing units or cores.

Because the messages are printed within a parallel loop, they may be displayed in any order. The writeln() procedure protects against finer-grained interleaving of the messages themselves.

forall msg in 1..numMessages do
  writeln("Hello, world! (from iteration ", msg, " of ", numMessages, ")");

For further examples of using data parallelism, refer to the data parallel primer examples.