Announcing MPI Ruby!

MPI Ruby is a Ruby binding of MPI. The primary goal in making this binding
was to make the power of MPI available to Ruby users in a way that fits
into the language's object oriented model. In order to do this, the buffer
and datatype management necessary in the C, C++, and Fortran bindings have
been removed. What this means is that MPI Ruby allows you to treat objects
as messages.

MPI Ruby also aims to be a complete binding to MPI in that it offers
access to nearly all functionality of MPI. While there is not a one-to-one
correspondence to functions and constants in the Ruby and C/C++/Fortran
bindings, all of the communication and topology features are
available. There are fewer methods in the Ruby binding than there are
functions in the C/C++/Fortran bindings, but this is mainly due to the
fact that the programmer no longer needs to deal with buffers and
datatypes.

Please check out the webpage for MPI Ruby at:

    http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/mpi/mpi_ruby/

MPI Ruby is currently in alpha, but most of the coding is complete.  What
is needed now is testing.  Please try it if you get a chance and let me
know of any bugs you find or improvements you'd like to see!

Cheers,
Emil