Compute Server: grid computing for the rest of us!
So what kinds of computations? Of course there's the usual stuff -- scientific, financial, image processing, etc. But I'm a tester -- so computations could also be test suites, right? Right. But that's a future blog entry. Using the included NetBeans 5.0 plug-in, Compute Server enables you to split your computations (execution of large test suites in my case) into discrete tasks and farm those tasks out to the CPUs on the Sun Grid Compute Utility. Three simple steps to get started: 1. Get NetBeans 5.0
Sun's Compute Server technology aims to enable Java developers to easily and efficiently use the Sun Grid Compute Utility as a platform for the distributed execution of parallel computations.
2. Get Java 5.0
3. Get Compute Server 0.1 (Early Access)
The documentation in the Compute Server download ZIP file should take you the rest of the way (if it doesn't then please let us know). I suggest starting with one of the included example NetBeans projects. Again, this is early access -- lots more features to come. Oh, and above all, send us your feedback to help shape its future (mailing list subscription required). The Final Word...
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