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TechRepublic: Condor: University of Wisconsin Computer Scientist Links PCS for Supercomputing

Jan 03, 2001, 01:37 (2 Talkback[s])

"A leading software program in peer-to-peer computing is Condor, which was invented by UW-Madison computer scientist Miron Livny and colleagues. The networking software was named for its ability to scavenge for time on unused computers, effectively turning a desktop machine into a powerful supercomputer."

"An example of distributed computing is SETI@Home, or Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. ... "Something like SETI@home was created for just one application," said Todd Tannenbaum, project manager for Condor. Condor is different. Any PC running Condor can be called upon to solve problems, and in turn, the user of any PC running Condor can solicit other PCs to work on a project that requires heavy-duty processing, Tannenbaum said."

"Condor was first developed more than a decade ago. The project today is underwritten with a $1.5 million annual research budget. In addition to academic research, the funding lets the Condor team keep tweaking the software."

"While the technology is a decade old, Livny and Tannenbaum said Condor's potential is greater today because PCs have become so plentiful and operating systems like Windows NT and Linux are robust enough to accommodate Condor."

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Condor Project Home Page at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Intel Linux Release Notes for Condor

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