Faculty Advisor

Claypool, Mark.

Faculty Advisor

Finkel, David


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.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001


Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Computer Science