Note: Most people don’t want to be the uncool one to raise their hand and ask a question, but in many cases we really should.

These occasional “Raise Your Hand and Ask” posts highlight cool “buzzwords” you may have heard. My aim isn’t just to explain what they mean (that you can look up), but also why they matter.
What does “PGAS” mean – and why should I care? The short answer: Partitioned Global Address Space.

The longer answer: a way to program as if there is “shared memory” between threads of a program (when there is not) in a way that allows for good performance.PGAS is hardly new; I’ve seen PGAS supporters promoting it for decades now.

But I’m ready to predict that PGAS is poised to become more popular in the next few years. PGAS either jumps in popularity in the next 10 years or we can declare it dead because the hardware it really needs is finally appearing.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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