cluster using handhelds

eoster at iwon.com eoster at iwon.com
Thu Sep 11 13:58:18 EDT 2003


James,

You might want to take a look at sensor networks.  There's actually a lot of effort going into connecting small devices (among whom are specifically iPAQs) and doing distributed computing (in-network collaboration and processing).

A good starting point is the Center for Embedded Netowrk Sensing (CENS) at http://www.cens.ucla.edu/ .

Depending on what you are looking for there might already be communities.  CENS has done  projects on iPAQs (in particular) that includes (but is in no way limited to) running FFTs.  There's even a development framework called Em* being offered for development on these platforms.

Good luck,

Eric

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Has anyone tried building a cluster using handheld computers (i.e. iPaq 
or 
Palm type) that use wireless LAN (802.11) or IR for the interconnect?  
Is 
there an implementation of MPI that will work in that environment 
(WinCE, 
PalmOS) (perhaps MPICH in some form?)

Yes, I know the performance will be hideous.



James Lux, P.E.
Spacecraft Telecommunications Section
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mail Stop 161-213
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA 91109
tel: (818)354-2075
fax: (818)393-6875

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