Discussion paper

DP12890 A Practical Guide to Parallelization in Economics

This guide provides a practical introduction to parallel computing in economics. After a brief introduction to the basic ideas of parallelization, we show how to parallelize a prototypical application in economics using, on CPUs, Julia, Matlab, R, Python, C++–OpenMP, Rcpp–OpenMP, and C++–MPI, and, on GPUs, CUDA and OpenACC. We provide code that the user can download and fork, present comparative results, and explain the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. We conclude with some additional remarks about alternative approaches.


Fernández-Villaverde, J (2018), ‘DP12890 A Practical Guide to Parallelization in Economics‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 12890. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp12890