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Cluster Programming: The Ignorance is Bliss Approach

Oct 26, 2006, 04:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Douglas Eadline)

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"In a past column, I talked about programming large numbers of cluster nodes. By large, I mean somewhere around 10,000. If you have been following along, at the end of the article I had promised to mention some real alternatives to MPI and even suggest some wild ideas. I plan to keep my promise, however, I wanted to take a slight detour this month and develop the solution a bit further. One point of note before we begin. To keep things simple, I will refer to cluster nodes as if they were a single processing unit.

"As you may recall, my conclusion was based on the notion that dependence on large numbers of things increase the chance that one of them will fail..."

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