[Beowulf] Semi-philosophical Question

Jim Lux James.P.Lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Fri Dec 19 18:08:16 EST 2003

At 01:10 PM 12/19/2003 -0500, Leigh wrote:
>At 06:38 AM 12/19/2003 -0500, Robert G. Brown wrote:
>>Do you know how to program?  C?  Perl?
>>If so, I've got a few toys for you to play with...but they'll be boring
>>toys if you can't tinker.
>>    rgb
>Unfortunately, I don't. I can read and understand code, but I can't code 
>myself  yet.

Hah... if you can read and understand code, you can tinker with it.. If you 
break it.. well, that's why you keep versions.  Surely you can use a text 
editor and invoke the compiler/linker.

I'll even point out that one can run parallel applications using Visual 
Basic (or even, qbasic, for that matter)

Leap in and start modifying.  Do those series expansions for psi, e, 
Euler's Constant, pi, etc.  Solve the 8 queens problems. Crack 
DES.  Calculate casino odds by monte carlo simulation ( a nice 
embarrassingly parallel challenge...)

If you want something more "useful", take a look at one of the genetic 
optimizing algorithms and parallelize it (or, more usefully, find someone 
else's parallel implementation, and modify or configure it with something 

James Lux, P.E.
Spacecraft Telecommunications Section
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mail Stop 161-213
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