THE METACOMPUTER: ONE FROM MANY
There's a different kind of computing in the making. It will change the
ways in which scientists do their research, workers and managers go about
businesses, physicians treat their patients, even the ways in which students
..and, as the term implies, it transcends
of what computing is all about.
Naturally, metacomputing depends on having a
The metacomputer is, simply put, a collection of computers held together by
state-of-the-art technology and "balanced" so that, to the individual
looks and acts like a single computer. The constituent parts of the resulting
"metacomputer" could be housed locally, or distributed between buildings,
NCSA Director, Larry Smarr, coined the term "metacomputing" around 1987 to
describe his concept of a connected, coherent computing environment. It
wasn't very long before computational scientists began to demonstrate its potential to
accelerate research in many fields of science and engineering.
The metacomputer of tomorrow will not only transform how scientists and
engineers perform research, but could also change the way you work and live.
Whether logging in from your laboratory or office PC, or via a wireless
you'll tap into the computational might of several or many computers,
hundreds or thousands of miles away--just as easily as you reached this
A short selection of sources for further reading about computational technologies.
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