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Cluster Monkey: Key Questions to Ask When Going Parallel

Mar 14, 2007, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ilya Mirman)

[ Thanks to Douglas Eadline for this link. ]

"A growing number of problems demand parallel computing capabilities these days, and the processing power of high performance technical computing servers have kept pace with this demand. Yet a hurdle to unlocking the true potential of parallel computing remains: affordable, easy-to-use parallel programming tools. The 'software gap'--the gap between hardware capabilities and actual benefits we can extract through programming--is growing wider. Many applications are available for parallel computers, yet the custom development required by these tools is exceedingly complex, takes months or years to develop, and runs in batch mode over hours or days.

"As engineers and scientists explore parallel programming approaches, whether they be first timers or experienced users, an increasing array of choices is available to them. What is better for your next project--a parallel extension to high-level desktop tools? Programming toolkits and APIs for C and Fortran developers? An interactive parallel computing platform...?"

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