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Blog Archive for nidaley during March 2006

The recently created Compute Server project aims to enable Java developers to easily and efficiently use the Sun Grid Compute Utility as a platform for the distributed execution of parallel jobs. The following diagram describes currently "How It Works" from 50,000 feet. I thought it might be helpful to walk through this diagram and describe each step in more depth. In the above diagram,...
What makes distributed computing so darn hard? Well, to start with, so much can go wrong. Networks change. Network speeds fluctuate. Networks fail. Nodes fail. And more. Are you testing all these scenarios? Time has shown that we tend to make a number of assumptions when building and testing distributed applications that, in the long run, turn out to be false. Ignoring the falsity of...
It's a great day! It was just announced that the Sun Grid Compute Utility is open to the public. As a software quality engineer for a number of advanced technologies for distributed systems, I can't think of a better test bed for qualifying my distributed applications! Just think of all the mundane things I don't need to do anymore... I don't need to submit and wait for large purchase order...