Distributed computing deals with hardware and software systems containing more than one processing element or storage element, concurrent processes, or multiple programs, running under a loosely or tightly controlled regime.
In distributed computing a program is split up into parts that run simultaneously on multiple computers communicating over a network. Distributed computing is a form of parallel computing, but parallel computing is most commonly used to describe program parts running simultaneously on multiple processors in the same computer. Both types of processing require dividing a program into parts that can run simultaneously, but distributed programs often must deal with heterogeneous environments, network links of varying latencies, and unpredictable failures in the network or the computers.
"Grid" technology has largely been an academic phenomenon, but IBM gives the idea a corporate twist with its Grid Computing Initiative. [CNet News]
Introduction to organising a distributed computing project.
Computer network administrator faces multiple felony charges and years in prison for allegedly installing Distributed.net clients without permission. [SecurityFocus]
Breaking news on distributed computing, object technology, components, and business objects.
A community-initiated forum of individual researchers and practitioners working on distributed computing, or "grid" technologies.
A growing distributed computing community, currently focused on Folding@Home, Find-a-Drug, Grid.org, World Community Grid, and DIMES, though open to other projects.
An experimental wide-area distributed computing cluster used for parallel computing research at five Dutch universities.
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