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Coalescing Idle Workstations as a Multiprocessor System using Javaspaces and Java Web Start


Atkinson, A and Malhotra, V, Coalescing Idle Workstations as a Multiprocessor System using Javaspaces and Java Web Start, Proceedings of the Eighth IASTED International Conference on Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications, 16-18 August, 2004, Kauai, Hawaii, pp. 233-238. ISBN 088986-428-4 (2004) [Refereed Conference Paper]


This paper describes a distributed system which aggregates the unused and usually wasted processing capacity of idle workstations. The aggregation is achieved through the use of now ubiquitous internet infrastructure and web technology. And, it delivers a powerful yet inexpensive execution environment for computationally intensive applications. The prototype system described here makes use of Sun Microsystems Jini technology, particularly JavaSpaces, along with Java Web Start, to produce a dynamic, flexible and reliable system. Two example applications used to evaluate the system are described: (a) the n-Queens problem and (b) a parallel sorting (shearsort) application. The results of the evaluation clearly show that, for certain classes of applications, the system is capable of delivering significant performance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Software engineering
Research Field:Software testing, verification and validation
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Atkinson, A (Mr Alistair Atkinson)
UTAS Author:Malhotra, V (Dr Vishv Malhotra)
ID Code:30864
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Computing
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2017-04-07

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