High Performance Distributed Computing, HPDC, WebWork
High Performance Distributed Computing (HPDC) is driven by the rapid advance of two related technologies -- those underlying computing and communications, respectively. These technology pushes are linked to application pulls, which vary from the use of a cluster of some 20 workstations simulating fluid flow around an aircraft, to the complex linkage of several hundred million advanced PCs around the globe to deliver and receive multimedia information. The review of base technologies and exemplar applications is followed by a brief discussion of software models for HPDC, which are illustrated by two extremes -- PVM and the conjectured future World Wide Web based WebWork concept. The narrative is supplemented by a glossary describing the diverse concepts used in HPDC.
Fox, Geoffrey C., "High Performance Distributed Computing" (1995). Northeast Parallel Architecture Center. Paper 56.