Groen, D and Rieder, S and Grosso, P and Laat, CD and Zwart, SP (2010) A Light-Weight Communication Library for Distributed Computing. Derek Groen et al 2010 Comput. Sci. Disc. 3 015002 10.1088/1749-4699/3/1/015002.
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We present MPWide, a platform independent communication library for performing message passing between computers. Our library allows coupling of several local MPI applications through a long distance network and is specifically optimized for such communications. The implementation is deliberately kept light-weight, platform independent and the library can be installed and used without administrative privileges. The only requirements are a C++ compiler and at least one open port to a wide area network on each site. In this paper we present the library, describe the user interface, present performance tests and apply MPWide in a large scale cosmological N-body simulation on a network of two computers, one in Amsterdam and the other in Tokyo.
|Title:||A Light-Weight Communication Library for Distributed Computing|
|Additional information:||17 pages, 10 figures, published in Computational Science & Discovery|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Chemistry|
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