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WPVM: Parallel computing for the people

  • Alexandre Alves
  • Luis Silva
  • João Carreira
  • João Gabriel Silva
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 919)

Abstract

This paper presents WPVM, a PVM implementation for the “MS Windows” — Microsoft Windows Operating System. WPVM stands for “Windows Parallel Virtual Machine” and intends to exploit the potential computational power of the small and medium PC LANs that proliferate in corporations and universities. As the original PVM [1–2], WPVM creates the abstraction of a parallel machine from a cluster of computers connected by a network. This virtual machine appears as a single and manageable resource to the programmer. The difference is that the target machines for WPVM are personal computers with MS Windows instead of UNIX machines. However, this system is compatible with the original PVM, meaning that we can use virtual machines composed simultaneously of UNIX and MS Windows machines.

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References

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    V.S. Sunderam, G.A. Geist, J. Dongarra “The PVM concurrent computing system: Evolution, Experiences, and Trends”, Parallel Computing 20 (1994) pp. 531–545CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    G.A. Geist, V.S. Sunderam, “Network-Based Concurrent Computing on the PVM System”, Concurrency: Practice and Experience, Vol. 4(4), pp. 293–311 (June 1992)Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Alves
    • 1
  • Luis Silva
    • 1
  • João Carreira
    • 1
  • João Gabriel Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Engenharia InformáticaUniversidade de CoimbraPortugal

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