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Introduction and General Principles

The goal of the Zoltan project is to design a general-purpose tool for parallel data management for unstructured, dynamic applications.  This tool includes a suite of load-balancing algorithms, an unstructured communication package, distributed data directories, and dynamic debugging tools that can be used by a variety of applications.  It will, thus, be used by many application developers and be added to by many algorithm developers.  Software projects of this scale need general guidelines and principles so that the code produced is easily maintained and added to.  We have tried to keep restrictions on developers to a minimum.  However, we do require that a few coding practices be followed.  These guidelines are described in the following sections:
Philosophy of Zoltan
Coding Principles in Zoltan
Zoltan Quality Assurance

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