[rc5] Next Crack
bargle at umiacs.umd.edu
Wed Aug 20 21:49:32 EDT 1997
On Wed, 20 Aug 1997, Ryan wrote:
> 2. A generic distributed process API is created and all machines have it
> as an option at install time (default on). Then a developer could write
> a chunk of code to the API and it would distribute it on the internet in
> real time and then return the answer. I know stuff like this has been
> done a little before, but not yet to the point where any machine can be a
> partner in any arbitrary problem. Of course Java is an ideal language
> for this, except that it's slow which defeats part of the whole point,
> but it does diminish once you have so many computers.
MPICH provides a good interface for this sort of thing. It implements
MPI, which is a standard API for developing parallel programs in fortran
or C, and it runs on a lot of UNIX boxes, and I think there is a WinNT
version somewhere. Its still a little rough around the edges, though.
There is a lot of active research in this area.
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