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PVM WINS 1994 "R&D 100" AWARD

The group of researchers who developed PVM received one of this year's R&D 100 awards. The awards, presented annually since 1962 by Chicago- based R&D Magazine, are one of the most prestigious collections of awards in the research industry. Adam Beguelin (Carnegie Mellon University), Jack Dongarra (University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Al Geist (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Bob Manchek (University of Tennessee), and Vaidy Sunderam (Emory University) received the award at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago on September 22.

PVM has received wide acceptance in the high-performance computing community because it permits a heterogeneous collection of Unix computers hooked together by a network to be used as a single large parallel computer. PVM supplies the functions to automatically start up tasks and coordinates communication and other functions between computers. As a result, large computational problems can be solved more cost effectively by using the aggregate power, features, and memory of several machines.

PVM has rapidly become the prevailing parallelizing software for workstation clusters and heterogeneous systems. This year's PVM Users Group Meeting attracted more than 150 persons, twice the attendance of the first meeting a year earlier. PVM is used for both research and real -world applications in a number of areas including molecular dynamics, seismic data processing, global climate changes, nuclear fusion, computational fluid dynamics, and air pollution analysis. Many computing hardware companies have also found it easy to refer their users to PVM's public domain source or have adapted PVM to better fit with their architectures and provided it with their production machines. PVM is also used in 11 countries in Europe and Asia.

Dongarra and a team of additional collaborators have entered PVM in the Heterogeneous Computing Challenge at Supercomputing '94 (see the SC '94 Final Program for specific details). PVM will also be demonstrated at the CRPC booth at SC '94. The newest version of the software, PVM 3.3, can be accessed through the Netlib and the NSE public domain software retrieval systems. For access information, see

  • CRPC Software and Technical Reports
  • Netlib Resources.
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