[Beowulf] What now?

Benjamin W. Mayer bmayer at cs.umn.edu
Wed Aug 18 12:38:57 PDT 2004

Books being brought up. I really liked the following:

Introduction to Parallel Computing.
Ananth Grama, Anshul Gupta, George Karypis, and Vipin Kumar
Addison Weslesy, 2003.

I wonder what other people have liked, or if they had any complaints about
the above.


On Wed, 18 Aug 2004, Jack C wrote:

> Thanks for the input guys. I'd just like to address something Mark Hahn said:
> > anyone with moderate serial programming skill should be able to pick up
> > MPI basics in a couple days.  I believe that MPI is daunting to beginners
> > mainly because it's such a fat interface, and people think that they need
> > to use one-sided comms, collectives, non-blocking stuff all in their first
> > program.  (C++ is quite similar - easy and safe if you don't bother with
> > the more fringe features.)
> I can write is C fairly proficiently (for a high-schooler at least), but I'm
> simply stuck at how to design the program flow to use the other nodes.
> Example: I wrote a quick hack to seach for primes. Except, with no real calls
> to MPI, it just runs the same code on all the nodes. How might I split it up?
> Ie, have one node that comes up with numbers and keeps track, and others that
> test if it's prime?
> I don't really expect an answer to that question, I was simply wondering if
> anyone might know of some articles/tutorial/etc that deal with this.
> Thanks again everyone,
> -Jack C
> jack {at} crepinc.com
> http://www.crepinc.com
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