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Basic Linear Algebra Comm. Subprograms - Dev. files for PVM

The BLACS project is an ongoing investigation whose purpose is to create a linear algebra oriented message passing interface that may be implemented efficiently and uniformly across a large range of distributed memory platforms.

You can choose between an implementation based on MPI or PVM. This package uses PVM.

There are packages for the shared libraries, for the static libraries and the development files (this one) and for test programs.

Most users do not need to install this package directly because it is used as a high level driver for the communication in the ScaLAPACK packages. Therefore, it is installed when installing ScaLAPACK. ScaLAPACK is a parallel version of LAPACK and is used on Beowulf type clusters.

Package version:1.1-20


All users of the BLACS should read "A User's Guide to the BLACS v1.1".
Users may also be interested in the quick reference guides for the C and
Fortran77 interfaces to the BLACS.

Before you can compile anything, you must first edit and correct the file
BLACS/  Sample's can be found in the BLACS/BMAKES
directories.  See the paper "Installing and Testing the BLACS" for details.



blacs-pvm (1.1-20) unstable; urgency=low

  * Bumped standards version to 3.8.4. No changes were needed. 
  * debian/control: blacs-pvm-test was depending on a non existent package 
    (blacsgf-test-common). Such an error has been corrected updating the Depends
    field with the name of the existent package, in this case blacs-test-common.

 -- Muammar El Khatib <>  Wed,


This package was debianized by Philipp Frauenfelder <> on
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 09:42:50 +0200

The current Debian maintainer is Muammar El Khatib <>

It was downloaded from:

Susan Blackford <>:
 Yes, the "legal use" of the BLACS is exactly the same as for
 ScaLAPACK.  Freely-available software.

Public domain or

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