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Message Passing: From Parallel Computing to the Grid
September/October 2002 (vol. 4 no. 5)
pp. 70-73
Geoffrey Fox, Indiana University

Over the past decades,the computational science community has debated the best architecture for parallel computing.sometimes it's distributed memory,sometimes single instruction, multiple data (synchronous as in Thinking Machines' CM-1 and CM-2). Sometimes it's multiple instruction, multiple data, as in networked computers; or shared memory; or vector nodes;or multi-threaded. And at times, it's more or less all of these. The debate recently perked up when the Japanese Earth Simulator supercomputer achieved 40 Tflops using a slightly heretical architecture. The arguments are accompanied by a related discussion as to the appropriate parallel computing model.

Citation:
Geoffrey Fox, "Message Passing: From Parallel Computing to the Grid," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 70-73, Sept.-Oct. 2002, doi:10.1109/MCISE.2002.1032432
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