Document Type

Article

Date

1994

Embargo Period

11-2011

Keywords

Grand Challenge, Supercomputing, Virtual Computing Environment, VCE, Runtime, Isis distributed toolkit

Language

English

Disciplines

Computer Sciences

Description/Abstract

A network of supercomputers and high-performance workstations appears to be the only reasonable way to provide adequate computing resources for the Grand Challenge problems of the next century. Such a collection of computers and supporting software environments is called a virtual computing environment (VCE). This paper describes the motivation and goals of the VCE project, followed by a description of the system. The paper concentrates on the runtime aspects of the VCE, and concludes with a discussion of a small prototype system that has been built using the Isis distributed toolkit.

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