diff --git a/heat_equation/Makefile b/heat_equation/Makefile
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+# Makefile that builds each src/*.chpl file into a binary in bin/*
+
+CC=chpl
+CFLAGS=-g
+LDFLAGS=
+
+SRC=$(wildcard src/*.chpl)
+PROGRAM=$(addprefix bin/, $(subst .chpl,, $(subst src/,,$(SRC))))
+
+all: mkdir $(PROGRAM)
+
+bin/% : src/%.chpl
+ $(CC) $(CFLAGS) -o $@ $<
+
+.PHONY: clean mkdir
+
+mkdir:
+ mkdir -p bin
+clean:
+ rm -R bin
diff --git a/heat_equation/README.md b/heat_equation/README.md
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+Heat Equation
+=============
+
+In this example, we solve the heat equation. The idea is to apply a 5-point stencil on a domain iteratively until equilibrium.
+
+Sequential
+----------
+
+[sequential.chpl](src/sequential.chpl) is a sequential implementation of the heat equation written in Chapel. The stencil computation is the most time consuming part of the code and look like:
+
+```
+ for (i,j) in Interior do//Iterate over all non-border cells
+ {
+ //Assign each cell in 'T' the mean of its neighboring cells in 'A'
+ T[i,j] = (A[i,j] + A[i-1,j] + A[i+1,j] + A[i,j-1] + A[i,j+1]) / 5;
+ }
+```
+
+Basically, each *interior* element in `T` gets the mean of the corresponding element in `A` as well as the neighboring elements. Since `for` is a sequential language construct in Chapel, a single CPU-core will execute this code.
+
+Now, let's run it:
+
+```
+ ./bin/heat_equation -nl 1 --size=5000*10
+ Heat Equation (sequential) - n: 5000, iterations: 10, elapsed-time: 381.5 seconds
+```
+
+Multi-core
+----------
+
+In order to improve the performance, we can tell Chapel to use threads to execute the stencil operations in parallel ([single_machine.chpl](src/single_machine.chpl)). We do that by replacing `for` with `forall`, which tells Chapel to execute each iteration in `Interior` parallel.
+It is our responsibility to make sure that each iteration in the `forall` loop is independent in order not to introduce race conditions.
+
+Clearly in this case iteration is clearly independent since we do not read `T`:
+
+```
+ forall (i,j) in Interior do//Iterate over all non-border cells
+ {
+ //Assign each cell in 'T' the mean of its neighboring cells in 'A'
+ T[i,j] = (A[i,j] + A[i-1,j] + A[i+1,j] + A[i,j-1] + A[i,j+1]) / 5;
+ }
+```
+
+Now, let's run it (note that `CHPL_RT_NUM_THREADS_PER_LOCALE` tells Chapel the number of threads to use)::
+
+```
+ export CHPL_RT_NUM_THREADS_PER_LOCALE=16
+ ./bin/heat_equation -nl 1 --size=5000*10
+ Heat Equation (single machine) - n: 5000, iterations: 10, elapsed-time: 25.7052 seconds
+```
+
+Multiple Machines
+-----------------
+
+In order to improve the performance even further, we can tell Chapel to execute the stencil operation in parallel on multiple machines ([multiple_machines.chpl](src/multiple_machines.chpl)).
+We still use the `forall` loop construct, be we have to tell Chapel how to distributes `A` and `T` between the multiple machines. For that, we use the `dmapped` language construct when defining the `Grid` and `Interior` domain:
+
+```
+ //A n+2 by n+2 domain.
+ const Grid = {0..n+1, 0..n+1} dmapped Block({1..n, 1..n});
+
+ //A n by n domain that represents the interior of 'Grid'
+ const Interior = {1..n, 1..n} dmapped Block({1..n, 1..n});
+
+ var A, T : [Grid] real;//Zero initialized as default
+```
+
+We tell Chapel to use the same *block* distribution of the `Grid` and `Interior` domain such that each index in `Grid` has the same location as the corresponding index in `Interior`. Because they use the same distribution, no communication is needed when accessing the same index. For example, the operations `A[2,4] + T[2,4]` can be done locally on the machine that *owns* index `[2,4]`. However, it also means that a operations such as `A[2,4] + T[3,4]` will generally require communication.
+
+Now, let's run it (note that `-nl 8` tells Chapel to use eight locations):
+
+```
+ export CHPL_RT_NUM_THREADS_PER_LOCALE=16
+ ./bin/heat_equation -nl 8 --size=5000*10
+ Heat Equation (multiple machines) - n: 5000, iterations: 10, elapsed-time: 5.13 seconds
+```
+
+It is very importation that all arrays in the calculation uses similar `dmapped` layouts. For example, if we do not use `dmapped` when defines `Interior` we get horrible performance:
+
+```
+ export CHPL_RT_NUM_THREADS_PER_LOCALE=16
+ ./bin/heat_equation -nl 8 --size=5000*10
+ Heat Equation (multiple machines) - n: 5000, iterations: 10, elapsed-time: 1823.23 seconds
+```
+
diff --git a/heat_equation/src/multiple_machines.chpl b/heat_equation/src/multiple_machines.chpl
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+//The format of 'size' is two integers separated with a '*'.
+//The first integer is the domain size squired and the second integer is
+//the number of iterations.
+config const size = "100*10";//Default, 100 by 100 domain and 10 iterations
+
+//Stop condition in amount of change (ignored when 'iterations' are non-zero).
+config const epsilon = 1.0e-10;
+
+//Parse the --size argument into 'n' and 'iterations'
+use Regexp;
+const arg = size.matches(compile("(\\d+)*(\\d+)"));
+const arg_n = arg[1][1];
+const arg_i = arg[2][1];
+const n = size[arg_n.offset+1..arg_n.offset+arg_n.length] : int;
+const iterations = size[arg_i.offset+1..arg_i.offset+arg_i.length]: int;
+
+//Initiate a Timer object
+use Time;
+var timer : Timer;
+
+//Now, let's implement the heat equation!
+
+//We will use the Block distribution
+use BlockDist;
+
+//A n+2 by n+2 domain.
+const Grid = {0..n+1, 0..n+1} dmapped Block({1..n, 1..n});
+
+//A n by n domain that represents the interior of 'Grid'
+const Interior = {1..n, 1..n} dmapped Block({1..n, 1..n});
+
+var A, T : [Grid] real;//Zero initialized as default
+
+A[..,0] = -273.15; //Left column
+A[..,n+1] = -273.15; //Right column
+A[n+1,..] = -273.15; //Bottom row
+A[0,..] = 40.0; //Top row
+
+timer.start();
+var iter_count = 0;
+do{
+ //Since all iterations are independent, we can use 'forall', which allows
+ //the Chapel runtime system to calculate the iterations in parallel
+ forall (i,j) in Interior do//Iterate over all non-border cells
+ {
+ //Assign each cell in 'T' the mean of its neighboring cells in 'A'
+ T[i,j] = (A[i,j] + A[i-1,j] + A[i+1,j] + A[i,j-1] + A[i,j+1]) / 5;
+ }
+
+ //Delta is the total amount of change done in this iteration
+ const delta = + reduce abs(A[Interior] - T[Interior]);
+
+ //Copy back the non-border cells
+ A[Interior] = T[Interior];
+
+ //if 'iterations' is non-zero we stop after a fixed number of iterations
+ //otherwise we stop when the calculation has converged, i.e. 'delta' is smaller than 'epsilon'.
+ var stop = false;
+ if(iterations > 0)
+ {
+ if iter_count >= iterations then
+ stop = true;
+ }
+ else
+ {
+ if delta < epsilon then
+ stop = true;
+ }
+
+} while (!stop);
+
+timer.stop();
+writeln("Heat Equation (multiple machines) - n: ",n,
+ ", iterations: ", iterations,
+ ", elapsed: ", timer.elapsed(), " seconds");
+
+
diff --git a/heat_equation/src/sequential.chpl b/heat_equation/src/sequential.chpl
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+//The format of 'size' is two integers separated with a '*'.
+//The first integer is the domain size squired and the second integer is
+//the number of iterations.
+config const size = "100*10";//Default, 100 by 100 domain and 10 iterations
+
+//Stop condition in amount of change (ignored when 'iterations' are non-zero).
+config const epsilon = 1.0e-10;
+
+//Parse the --size argument into 'n' and 'iterations'
+use Regexp;
+const arg = size.matches(compile("(\\d+)*(\\d+)"));
+const arg_n = arg[1][1];
+const arg_i = arg[2][1];
+const n = size[arg_n.offset+1..arg_n.offset+arg_n.length] : int;
+const iterations = size[arg_i.offset+1..arg_i.offset+arg_i.length]: int;
+
+//Initiate a Timer object
+use Time;
+var timer : Timer;
+
+//Now, let's implement the heat equation!
+
+//A n+2 by n+2 domain.
+const Grid = {0..n+1, 0..n+1};
+
+//A n by n domain that represents the interior of 'Grid'
+const Interior = {1..n, 1..n};
+
+var A, T : [Grid] real;//Zero initialized as default
+
+A[..,0] = -273.15; //Left column
+A[..,n+1] = -273.15; //Right column
+A[n+1,..] = -273.15; //Bottom row
+A[0,..] = 40.0; //Top row
+
+timer.start();
+var iter_count = 0;
+do{
+ //Since all iterations are independent, we can use 'forall', which allows
+ //the Chapel runtime system to calculate the iterations in parallel
+ for (i,j) in Interior do//Iterate over all non-border cells
+ {
+ //Assign each cell in 'T' the mean of its neighboring cells in 'A'
+ T[i,j] = (A[i,j] + A[i-1,j] + A[i+1,j] + A[i,j-1] + A[i,j+1]) / 5;
+ }
+
+ //Delta is the total amount of change done in this iteration
+ const delta = + reduce abs(A[Interior] - T[Interior]);
+
+ //Copy back the non-border cells
+ A[Interior] = T[Interior];
+
+ //if 'iterations' is non-zero we stop after a fixed number of iterations
+ //otherwise we stop when the calculation has converged, i.e. 'delta' is smaller than 'epsilon'.
+ var stop = false;
+ if(iterations > 0)
+ {
+ if iter_count >= iterations then
+ stop = true;
+ }
+ else
+ {
+ if delta < epsilon then
+ stop = true;
+ }
+
+} while (!stop);
+
+timer.stop();
+writeln("Heat Equation (sequential) - n: ",n,
+ ", iterations: ", iterations,
+ ", elapsed: ", timer.elapsed(), " seconds");
+
+
diff --git a/heat_equation/src/single_machine.chpl b/heat_equation/src/single_machine.chpl
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+//The format of 'size' is two integers separated with a '*'.
+//The first integer is the domain size squired and the second integer is
+//the number of iterations.
+config const size = "100*10";//Default, 100 by 100 domain and 10 iterations
+
+//Stop condition in amount of change (ignored when 'iterations' are non-zero).
+config const epsilon = 1.0e-10;
+
+//Parse the --size argument into 'n' and 'iterations'
+use Regexp;
+const arg = size.matches(compile("(\\d+)*(\\d+)"));
+const arg_n = arg[1][1];
+const arg_i = arg[2][1];
+const n = size[arg_n.offset+1..arg_n.offset+arg_n.length] : int;
+const iterations = size[arg_i.offset+1..arg_i.offset+arg_i.length]: int;
+
+//Initiate a Timer object
+use Time;
+var timer : Timer;
+
+//Now, let's implement the heat equation!
+
+//A n+2 by n+2 domain.
+const Grid = {0..n+1, 0..n+1};
+
+//A n by n domain that represents the interior of 'Grid'
+const Interior = {1..n, 1..n};
+
+var A, T : [Grid] real;//Zero initialized as default
+
+A[..,0] = -273.15; //Left column
+A[..,n+1] = -273.15; //Right column
+A[n+1,..] = -273.15; //Bottom row
+A[0,..] = 40.0; //Top row
+
+timer.start();
+var iter_count = 0;
+do{
+ //Since all iterations are independent, we can use 'forall', which allows
+ //the Chapel runtime system to calculate the iterations in parallel
+ forall (i,j) in Interior do//Iterate over all non-border cells
+ {
+ //Assign each cell in 'T' the mean of its neighboring cells in 'A'
+ T[i,j] = (A[i,j] + A[i-1,j] + A[i+1,j] + A[i,j-1] + A[i,j+1]) / 5;
+ }
+
+ //Delta is the total amount of change done in this iteration
+ const delta = + reduce abs(A[Interior] - T[Interior]);
+
+ //Copy back the non-border cells
+ A[Interior] = T[Interior];
+
+ //if 'iterations' is non-zero we stop after a fixed number of iterations
+ //otherwise we stop when the calculation has converged, i.e. 'delta' is smaller than 'epsilon'.
+ var stop = false;
+ if(iterations > 0)
+ {
+ if iter_count >= iterations then
+ stop = true;
+ }
+ else
+ {
+ if delta < epsilon then
+ stop = true;
+ }
+
+} while (!stop);
+
+timer.stop();
+writeln("Heat Equation (single machine) - n: ",n,
+ ", iterations: ", iterations,
+ ", elapsed: ", timer.elapsed(), " seconds");
+
+