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Grid Computing

Maple Grid Computing Toolbox

The Maple Grid Computing Toolbox enables you to run Maple computations in parallel, taking advantage of all your hardware resources, cutting down on processing time, and enabling applications that were not possible before.

With the Maple Grid Computing Toolbox, you can distribute computations across the nodes of a network of workstations, a supercomputer or, the CPUs of a multiprocessor computer. This allows you to handle problems that are not tractable on a single machine because of memory limitations or because it would simply take too long.

The Grid Computing Toolbox is very easy to set up. It can connect directly into your existing Windows® HPC Server cluster without the need to set up services on each node. You can also start a server process on each computer on a network and the grid will self-assemble as each node automatically detects the other nodes that are present. The Grid Computing Toolbox also integrates into existing job scheduling systems such as PBS.

The Grid Computing Toolbox includes a personal grid server, allowing you to simulate a grid with any number of nodes on your desktop computer. You can develop and test your parallel applications before running them on the real grid.

In order to perform distributed computations, the Grid Computing Toolbox offers a variety of tools:

  • Standard MPI message passing on Windows HPC Server, for efficient communication and integration with tools that support this protocol.
  • An MPI-like message passing API, which is available on all platforms. This API is part of the Grid Computing Toolbox, so when using this protocol, no special drivers or other tools need to be installed on the computers in the grid. In addition to simplifying the setup of the grid, this protocol is also ideal for parallel computing on a single computer and computations across heterogeneous networks.
  • A set of high-level commands in Maple for defining parallel computations.

Key Features

Writing Code

  • Distribute Maple computations across a network
  • Integration with Microsoft Windows HPC Server
  • Self-assembling grid in local networks
  • Simple-to-use interactive interface for launching parallel jobs
  • Personal grid server to develop and test applications on your desktop
  • Integration with PBS and other job scheduling systems
  • MPI and MPI-like message passing API (send, receive, etc.)
  • Automatic deadlock detection and recovery
  • High-level parallelization commands (map, seq, etc.)
  • Generic, parallel divide-and-conquer algorithm
  • Many documented examples
  • Support for heterogeneous networks
  • Access to all the computational power of Maple

The Grid Computing Toolbox is available in two different versions:

  • The Personal Edition supports up to 8 CPUs in the cluster.
  • The Cluster Edition supports an unlimited number of CPUs in the cluster.

Both versions are available from the Maplesoft Web Store.

View system requirements

Note that a Maple license is required for each node in the cluster. Volume pricing is available for the node installations of Maple. Contact Maplesoft for details.

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