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Something Wonderful this Way Comes
May/June 2006 (vol. 8 no. 3)
pp. 82-87
Paul Gray, University of Northern Iowa
Thomas Murphy, Contra Costa College
The simplicity of ingredients would amaze even the three wyrd sisters, as would the resultant mixture's power and versatility: start with a little BSD "ports" and a smidgen of Gentoo's "emerge," and then blend in a pinch of Linux-from-scratch and a healthy dollop of crosstool. Upon forging the edaphic build environment known as GAR, erect a perfect educational storm, conjured from message-passing environments, visualization tools, profiling utilities, compilers, debuggers, high-performance file system support, and scripts that can automate tasks such as the networking of distributed systems. Suddenly, this illusion of computers, wires, and vibrant images coalesces into a pocket-sized mini-CD, which, upon bootup, transforms into a full-fledged parallel computing environment that can run in system memory without installation or modification to the system's hard drive. What we have here is a comprehensive framework for high-performance computing education, and that, my friends, is the opposite of a failure to communicate. This article will elaborate on what lies under the BCCD hood, some uses of the BCCD, and future directions.
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BCCD, bootable disk, CD
Paul Gray, Thomas Murphy, "Something Wonderful this Way Comes," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 82-87, May-June 2006, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2006.50
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