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Author Andrews, Gregory R.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1991
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Clients and servers ♦ Distributed and parallel algorithms ♦ Distributed programming ♦ Distributed programming methods ♦ Heartbeat algorithms ♦ Networks of filters ♦ Patterns for interprocess communication ♦ Probe/echo algorithms ♦ Replicated servers ♦ Token-passing algorithms
Abstract Distributed computations are concurrent programs in which processes communicate by message passing. Such programs typically execute on network architectures such as networks of workstations or distributed memory parallel machines (i.e., multicomputers such as hypercubes). Several paradigms—examples or models—for process interaction in distributed computations are described. These include networks of filters, clients, and servers, heartbeat algorithms, probe/echo algorithms, broadcast algorithms, token-passing algorithms, decentralized servers, and bags of tasks. These paradigms are appliable to numerous practical problems. They are illustrated by solving problems, including parallel sorting, file servers, computing the topology of a network, distributed termination detection, replicated databases, and parallel adaptive quadrature. Solutions to all problems are derived in a step-wise fashion from a general specification of the problem to a concrete solution. The derivations illustrate techniques for developing distributed algorithms.
ISSN 03600300
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1991-03-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 15577341
Journal ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR)
Volume Number 23
Issue Number 1
Page Count 42
Starting Page 49
Ending Page 90


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Source: ACM Digital Library