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  The MathWorks - Distributed Computing Toolbox - Perform distributed and parallel computations
By distributing the tasks across three servers, we reduced the simulation time from 6 hours to 1.2 hours.
Distributed Computing Toolbox enables you to solve computationally and data-intensive problems using MATLAB and Simulink in a multiprocessor computing environment.
These processors can reside in one multiprocessor computer or, when the toolbox is used with MATLAB Distributed Computing Engine, on a computer cluster.
www.mathworks.com /products/distribtb/index.html?s_cid=HP_FP_ML_DistributedComputingToolbox   (257 words)

  Distributed computing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Distributed computing is decentralised and parallel computing, using two or more computers communicating over a network to accomplish a common objective or task.
Distributed computing differs from cluster computing in that computers in a distributed computing environment are typically not exclusively running "group" tasks, whereas clustered computers are usually much more tightly coupled.
"Computational Intermediation and the Evolution of Computation as a Commodity".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Distributed_computing   (1968 words)

 Distributed computing Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Distributed computing is the process of running a single computational task on more than one distinct computer.
This differs from cluster computing in that computers in a distributed computing environment are typically not dedicated to distributed computing, whereas clusters are almost always comprised of dedicated hardware.
The most known distributed computing conferences are The International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks [1] and the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing [1].
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/d/di/distributed_computing.html   (472 words)

 Cosm - Chapter 2 - Overview of Distributed Computing
Distributed computing is simply applying the two old sayings to the realm of computer resources.
One of the benefits that a distributed system has is that it can continue to operate even if some of its parts are missing, this resulting in much better reliability of the system than a single computer could ever provide.
A distributed operating system can be created by merging these functions into the traditional operating system, or as another abstraction layer on top of the traditional operating system and network operating system.
www.mithral.com /projects/cosm/ch-02.html   (850 words)

 Distributed & Grid Computing
Distributed computing: Increasingly known as grid computing, this approach connects a wide variety of computer types and computing resources, such as storage area networks, to create vast "virtual" reservoirs of computers serving geographically widely separated users.
Grid Computing can be defined as applying resources from many computers in a network to a single problem, usually one that requires a large number of processing cycles or access to large amounts of data.
The whole area of distributed computing is a hot bed of significant development that is expected to generate amazing advances in the next few years.
www.jimpinto.com /writings/grid.html   (1525 words)

 ONLamp.com -- Distributed Computing: Distributed Communities
The first Beowulf cluster computer was built nearly 10 years ago at NASA, and this form of affordable cluster computing has spread to the academic research environment.
By donating your computer time, you had a chance of winning the cash pot, if you were lucky enough to get the chunk of work containing the correct key from amongst the 2^56 possibilities.
The future of distributed computing is bright, and as more people get turned on to the idea, project managers must prove themselves, convincing people to join one project instead of another.
www.onlamp.com /pub/a/onlamp/2003/05/22/distributed.html   (1936 words)

 A primer on distributed computing.
A popular solution is the "distributed computing" model, where the task is split up into smaller chunks and performed by the many computers owned by the general public.
Distributed computing works by splitting up the larger task into smaller chunks which can be performed at the same time independently of each other.
Distributed computing is sold on the idea that you can continue working and the client will do its thing in the background and the user will not notice anything different.
www.bacchae.co.uk /docs/dist.html   (3193 words)

 Distributed Computing
Distributed computing is a science which solves a large problem by giving small parts of the problem to many computers to solve and then combining the solutions for the parts into a solution for the problem.
These projects are so large, and require so much computing power to solve, that they would be impossible for any one computer or person to solve in a reasonable amount of time.
Read an article about distributed computing by Byte Magazine.
distributedcomputing.info   (734 words)

 Open Directory - Computers: Computer Science: Distributed Computing   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Distributed ASCI Supercomputer (DAS) - An experimental wide-area distributed computing cluster used for parallel computing research at five Dutch universities.
Distributed Computing: An Introduction - From global distributed projects like Seti@Home to corporate uses behind the firewall, we cover the fundamentals of distributed computing architectures, discuss major initiatives and applications, and talk about the challenges that lay ahead.
Next-gen Distributed Computing - If your large enterprise is like most, about 10 percent of your available CPU cycles actually gets used -- a fact that is driving enterprises to deploy the next generation of cost-reducing distributed computing architectures.
dmoz.org /Computers/Computer_Science/Distributed_Computing   (640 words)

 Open Directory - Computers: Computer Science: Distributed Computing: Projects   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Distributed Proofreaders Europe - Modeled after the Digital Proofreaders project, this variation focuses on digitization of works considered to be in the public domain in Europe.
P2P Distributed Computing Framework - JNGI is a open-source generic P2P distributed computing framework.
American Scientist: Collective Wisdom - Article discusses the "early days" (pre-1998) of distributed computing projects, explains the basics of how they work and how to get them to work well, describes some early successes, and considers how CPU cycles may someday become a commodity to be bought, sold or traded.
dmoz.org /Computers/Computer_Science/Distributed_Computing/Projects   (1220 words)

Distributed grid computing -- which harnesses the power of multiple CPUs -- grew out of scientists’ and academics' needs for processing power, but it is rapidly developing commercial applications.
The promise of grid computing is you can start being much more dynamic with resource provision at the back end, and then at the front end you make it possible for people to dynamically acquire resources from different locations rather than rely on the static resources they have," says Foster.
The focus of distributed computing has shifted from parallelism to the sharing of equipment for computing, he suggests, for example, to take advantage of processing time outside normal hours.
www.gridtoday.com /02/1104/100635.html   (4821 words)

 What is distributed computing? - A Word Definition From the Webopedia Computer Dictionary
A type of computing in which different components and objects comprising an application can be located on different computers connected to a network.
In some distributed computing systems, each of the three computers could even be running a different operating system.
One of the requirements of distributed computing is a set of standards that specify how objects communicate with one another.
www.webopedia.com /TERM/D/distributed_computing.html   (351 words)

 Stanford gives distributed computing an A | CNET News.com
Distributed computing involves spreading computing tasks across hundreds or thousands of computers on the Internet or private networks that would otherwise be sitting idle.
The idea of tapping spare processing power from ordinary PCs has seized the imagination of the computing industry, luring thousands of volunteers into donating their spare CPU cycles to the search for extraterrestrial life and to the battle against diseases such as cancer.
And though distributed computing projects have had some success when it comes to mathematical challenges--one group found the largest prime numbers, while another group deciphered a message encoded with RSA Security's RC5-64 encryption algorithm--the Stanford experiment illustrates that distributed computing can be applied to problems scientists encounter in the laboratory.
news.com.com /2100-1001-963024.html   (873 words)

 Distributed Computing
Genome@home uses a computer algorithm (SPA), based on the physical and biochemical rules by which genes and proteins behave, to design new proteins (and hence new genes) that have not been found in nature.
Unlike other distributed computing projects, Genome@home is run by an academic institution (specifically the Pande Group, at Stanford University's Chemistry Department), which is a non-profit institution dedicated to science research and education.
Distributed computing technology enables the process of sending hundreds of thousands of possible key combinations to all computing devices participating in the network and managing the results generated and returned to the network once you connect again to the internet.
dnaresearch.com.au /dist_comp.shtml   (2754 words)

 Folding@Home Educational Project   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Distributed Computing is to distribute heavy computational load into thousands of computers that work when they are otherwise idle across the Internet.
Thus there is a thousand fold gap between the current computing speed and the computation power needed to simulate protein folding.
By using a novel approach to create the Folding@home clients and server a near linear speed curve was achieved (for example: twice the number of computers twice the speed).
folding.stanford.edu /education/distcomp.html   (332 words)

 ORNL Distributed Computing Project
The ability for heterogeneous distributed computers to interoperate seamlessly is a core requirement for the DOE 2000 effort.
The vision of the Seamless Distributed Computing Environment is to allow multiple sites to participate in computational experiments as well as physical experiments regardless of the location of the physical hardware.
The Seamless Distributed Computing Environment is composed of several interoperating sub-environments each of which is a major software development effort.
www.csm.ornl.gov /cs/DistComp.html   (590 words)

 Ars Technica: Distributed Computing Teams
The first distributed computing efforts were made in 1988 by Arjen K. Lenstra and Mark S. Manasse of the DEC System Research Center.
The first resource is the Ars Technica Distributed Computing Forum where you can ask questions and search the forum for more information.
If you would rather discuss distributed computing on a real-time basis, several team members are running linked IRC servers which members of various teams come to discuss matters of distributed importance.
arstechnica.com /etc/dcteams/dc_teams.html   (969 words)

 distributed.net: Project RC5
The "Bovine" RC5 effort was formed to take the responsibilities of coordinating and maintaining the RC5 servers that are needed to distribute key blocks to work on to all of the participating client programs.
The recipient non-profit is chosen by means of a meritocratic vote through an extension of the stats database.
We will distribute the RC5-72 prize money based on your votes, with one vote per workunit per person.
www1.distributed.net /rc5   (408 words)

 Chapter 4: Distributed Computing
As recently as ten years ago, distributed computing generally meant you had client PCs in one room with a server in another room.
And with the new Jini System software, the distributed computing environment can soon be part of everything in your home, office or school.
In short, distributed computing has never before been as important as it is today.
java.sun.com /developer/onlineTraining/Programming/JDCBook/dist.html   (311 words)

 Cetus Links: 16604 Links on Objects and Components / Distributed Objects & Components: General Information
Distributed object computing is a computing paradigm that allows objects to be distributed across a heterogeneous network, and allows each of the components to interoperate as a unified whole.
To an application built in a distributed object environment, and as expressed in Sun Microsystem's slogan, the network is the computer.
The objects may be distributed on different computers throughout a network, living within their own dynamic library outside of an application, and yet appear as though they were local within the application.
www.cetus-links.org /oo_distributed_objects.html   (2162 words)

 Distributed Computing
Distributed computing will eventually revolutionize the computing field much as the Internet has but in ways we can't imagine.
Distributed.net has been my first distributed computing project and offers a cash prize to anyone who's PC is the lucky one to stumble across the key to a code and has been running for about 2-3 years now.
This is a team of computer users working on Distributed.net's brute force code cracking effort.
members.verizon.net /mlaferriere/distributedcomputing.htm   (483 words)

 TRL | Projects | Distributed Computing
To detect a problem and find the root cause in today's IT infrastructure consisting of many distributed servers with complex inter-dependencies is often difficult.
In today's IT infrastructure consisting of many distributed servers with complex interdependencies, the calling relationships between servers are defined around the configuration of OS, the middleware, and the applications.
Due to the heterogeneity and complexity of IT environments, it is critical to assess the holistic security of distributed systems.
www.research.ibm.com /trl/projects/dist_e.htm   (242 words)

 Note on Distributed Computing, A
We argue that objects that interact in a distributed system need to be dealt with in ways that are intrinsically different from objects that interact in a single address space.
These differences are required because distributed systems require that the programmer be aware of latency, have a different model of memory access, and take into account issues of concurrency and partial failure.
We look at a number of distributed systems that have attempted to paper over the distinction between local and remote objects, and show that such systems fail to support basic requirements of robustness and reliability.
research.sun.com /techrep/1994/abstract-29.html   (209 words)

 Center for Distributed Object Computing
For the Internet to become pervasive, access devices must become very cheap, their use must be intuitive, and distributed computing middleware must do most of the ``thinking'' for the users.
Center for Distributed Object Computing in the Computer Science Department at Washington University, St.
Jeff graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Washington University and is a full-time staff member in the DOC group at Washington University working on TAO's IDL compiler, its Interface Repository, and many other odds and ends.
www.cs.wustl.edu /~schmidt/doc-center.html   (2174 words)

 Distributed computing gets a corporate twist | CNET News.com
Grids are a close relative of distributed computing efforts to spread computational tasks among large numbers of computers, the best-known example being the SETI@home effort to search for extraterrestrial communications among radio-telescope signals.
But distributed computing, like many nascent high-tech ideas people are trying to turn into start-up businesses, has fallen on hard times.
IBM rival Sun Microsystems is also hard at work on distributed computing, through its Grid Engine software, and it too hopes a larger community will back the technology.
news.com.com /2100-1001-270988.html   (1003 words)

 distributed.net: Node Zero
Founded in 1997, our network has grown to include thousands of users around the world donating the power of their home computers to academic research and public-interest projects.
The program uses only the computer's idle time, so when you want to use your computer, the client will automatically get out of your way.
There are always people online on our IRC channel #distributed on our private IRC network irc.distributed.net.
www.distributed.net   (494 words)

 GRID.ORG ™ - About Us: Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Now any networked computer can help fuel research and projects that previously may have required a bank of supercomputers or a hundred years to complete.
To become a member of grid.org and participate in these important grid computing projects, simply download a free, non-invasive software program that works as a screensaver.
Your computer never leaves your desk and the project never interrupts your normal PC use.
www.grid.org /about   (266 words)

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