The Parallel Tools Consortium Overview and Mission

The Parallel Tools Consortium (Ptools) is a special-interest group that brings together tool users, developers, and researchers with the goal of improving the usability and availability of parallel tools.

Ptools has three primary roles:

Ptools provides a forum for interactions involving tool users, developers, and researchers
Creates opportunities for dialog between tool users and tool developers to identify user needs and how tools can be made more responsive to them
Promotes discussion and technical exchanges among tool researchers and developers from different organizations

Ptools promotes the development and dissemination of usable tools
Encourages and facilitates projects to develop parallel tools that respond to particular user needs and can be made freely available on multiple computer platforms
Assists the dissemination of parallel tools by publicizing information on their availability

Ptools serves as a liaison with other special-interest groups and standards efforts
Provides input on behalf of tool users and developers to groups defining standards that relate directly or indirectly to parallel tools
Communicates information about standards and other developments of interest to tool users, developers, or researchers

The Consortium was established in November 1993.