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Multi-core CPUs, Clusters, and Grid Computing: A Tutorial

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  • Michael Creel

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The nature of computing is changing and it poses both challenges and opportunities for economists. Instead of increasing clock speed, future microprocessors will have "multi-cores" with separate execution units. "Threads" or other multi-processing techniques that are rarely used today are required to take full advantage of them. Beyond one machine, it has become easy to harness multiple computers to work in clusters. Besides dedicated clusters, they can be made up of unused lab computers or even your colleagues' machines. We will give live demos of multi-core and clusters and will describe grid computing (multiple clusters that could span the Internet). OpenMP (open multi-processing) and MPI (message passing interface) are among the topics described and shown live
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  • Michael Creel & William Goffe, 2008. "Multi-core CPUs, Clusters, and Grid Computing: A Tutorial," Computational Economics, Springer;Society for Computational Economics, vol. 32(4), pages 353-382, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:compec:v:32:y:2008:i:4:p:353-382
    DOI: 10.1007/s10614-008-9143-5
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    Keywords

    Multi-core; Cluster; OpenMP; MPI; Grid;

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    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques

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