PANTS Application Node Transparency System (PANTS) is a suite of programs designed for a Beowulf cluster of Linux computers that provides automatic and transparent load sharing of processes. A drawback of PANTS is that it lacks support for distributed inter-process communication (IPC). The DIPC (Distributed IPC) package enhances already existing IPC methods to be applied over a network. We integrated DIPC on our cluster with PANTS to provide this functionality. Together, these two packages extend the range of applications to benefit a Beowulf cluster while not sacrificing performance.
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