# 27-2 Saving temporary space in matrix multiplication

The $\text{P-MATRIX-MULTIPLY-RECURSIVE}$ procedure has the disadvantage that it must allocate a temporary matrix $T$ of size $n \times n$, which can adversely affect the constants hidden by the $\Theta$-notation. The $\text{P-MATRIX-MULTIPLY-RECURSIVE}$ procedure does have high parallelism, however. For example, ignoring the constants in the $\Theta$-notation, the parallelism for multiplying $1000 \times 1000$ matrices comes to approximately $1000^3 / 10^2 = 10^7$, since $\lg 1000 \approx 10$. Most parallel computers have far fewer than 10 million processors.

a.Describe a recursive multithreaded algorithm that eliminates the need for the temporary matrix $T$ at the cost of increasing the span to $\Theta(n)$. ($\textit{Hint:}$ Compute $C = C + AB$ following the general strategy of $\text{P-MATRIX-MULTIPLY-RECURSIVE}$, but initialize $C$ in parallel and insert a sync in a judiciously chosen location.)

b.Give and solve recurrences for the work and span of your implementation.

c.Analyze the parallelism of your implementation. Ignoring the constants in the $\Theta$-notation, estimate the parallelism on $1000 \times 1000$ matrices. Compare with the parallelism of $\text{P-MATRIX-MULTIPLY-RECURSIVE}$.

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