High Performance Computing and Grid in Asia Pacific Region, International Conference on (2004)
Omiya Sonic City, Tokyo, Japan
July 20, 2004 to July 22, 2004
David Abramson , Monash University, Australia
Jack Dongarra , University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Eric Meek , University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Paul Roe , Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Zhiao Shi , University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Grid computing has great potential but to enter the mainstream it must be simplified. Tools and libraries must make it easier to solve problems by being simpler and at the same time more sophisticated. In this paper we describe how Grid computing can be achieved through spreadsheets. No parallel programming or complex tools need to be used. So long as dependencies allow it, formulae in a spreadsheet can be evaluated concurrently on the Grid. Thus Grid computing becomes accessible to all those who can use a spreadsheet. The story is completed with a sophisticated backend system, NetSolve, which can solve complex linear algebra systems with minimal intervention from the user. In this paper we present the architecture of the system for performing such simple yet sophisticated grid computing and a case study which performs a large singular value decomposition.
P. Roe, E. Meek, Z. Shi, J. Dongarra and D. Abramson, "Simplified Grid Computing through Spreadsheets and NetSolve," High Performance Computing and Grid in Asia Pacific Region, International Conference on(HPCASIA), Omiya Sonic City, Tokyo, Japan, 2004, pp. 19-24.