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    DescriptionA major challenge in grid computing remains the application software development for this new kind of infrastructure. Grid application programmers have to take into account several complicated aspects: distribution of data and computations, parallel computations on different sites and processors, heterogeneity of the involved computers, load balancing, etc. Grid programmers thus demand novel programming methodologies that abstract over such technical details while preserving the beneficial features of modern grid middleware. For this purpose, the authors introduce Higher-Order Components (HOCs). HOCs implement generic parallel/distributed processing patterns, together with the required middleware support, and they are offered to users via a high-level service interface. Users only have to provide the application-specific pieces of their programs as parameters, while low-level implementation details, such as the transfer of data across the grid, are handled by the HOCs. HOCs were developed within the CoreGRID European Network of Excellence and have become an optional extension of the popular Globus middleware. The book provides the reader with hands-on experience, describing a broad collection of example applications from various fields of science and engineering, including biology, physics, etc. The Java code for these examples is provided online, complementing the book. The expected application performance is studied and reported for extensive performance experiments on different testbeds, including grids with worldwide distribution. The book is targeted at graduate students, advanced professionals, and researchers in both academia and industry. Readers can raise their level of knowledge about methodologies for programming contemporary parallel and distributed systems, and, furthermore, they can gain practical experience in using distributed software. Practical examples show how the complementary online material can easily be adopted in various new projects.


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    Title
    Higher-order Components for Grid Programming
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jan Dünnweber, By (author) Sergei Gorlatch
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 202
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 462 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9783642008405
    ISBN 10: 3642008402
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TEC
    LC subject heading: ,
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S9.6
    DC22: 004
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 229
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 01
    Abridged Dewey: 004
    BIC subject category V2: TJK
    B&T Merchandise Category: COM
    LC classification: TK
    Ingram Subject Code: XL
    BISAC V2.8: TEC041000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16360
    BISAC V2.8: COM051000, COM075000, COM043040
    DC22: 621.3981
    BISAC V2.8: COM084000, COM018000
    BIC subject category V2: UTG
    Libri: CLUS4100, GRID5200
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QA76.76.A65, QA75.5-76.95, TK1-9971, TK5105.5-5105.9, QA76.6-76.66
    Thema V1.0: TJK, UTG
    Edition statement
    2009 ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
    Imprint name
    Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
    Publication date
    01 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Berlin
    Author Information
    Jan Dunnweber has been working as a reasearcher in grid computing at the University of Munster since 2003. His work focuses on programming methodologies for grid platforms. Sergei Gorlatch is a professor in computer science at the University of Munster, Germany. His areas of expertise include high-performance computing, program calculi, as well as performance modeling, prediction and MPI programming.
    Review quote
    From the reviews: "Dunnweber and Gorlatch's book provides an in-depth view of grid computing - the technology allowing for sharing and accessing various resources located over the Internet. The authors successfully present the challenges of software development in grid environments ... . For beginners, this book provides a necessary introduction to the grid programming issues. For professionals, it provides solutions to particular, important problems. ... a proper reference in the area of grid programming for students, researchers, as well as distributed software developers for the years to come." (Jozef Wozniak, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1179, 2010)
    Back cover copy
    A major challenge in grid computing remains the application software development for this new kind of infrastructure. Grid application programmers have to take into account several complicated aspects: distribution of data and computations, parallel computations on different sites and processors, heterogeneity of the involved computers, load balancing, etc. Grid programmers thus demand novel programming methodologies that abstract over such technical details while preserving the beneficial features of modern grid middleware. For this purpose, the authors introduce Higher-Order Components (HOCs). HOCs implement generic parallel/distributed processing patterns, together with the required middleware support, and they are offered to users via a high-level service interface. Users only have to provide the application-specific pieces of their programs as parameters, while low-level implementation details, such as the transfer of data across the grid, are handled by the HOCs. HOCs were developed within the CoreGRID European Network of Excellence and have become an optional extension of the popular Globus middleware. The book provides the reader with hands-on experience, describing a broad collection of example applications from various fields of science and engineering, including biology, physics, etc. The Java code for these examples is provided online, complementing the book. The expected application performance is studied and reported for extensive performance experiments on different testbeds, including grids with worldwide distribution. The book is targeted at graduate students, advanced professionals, and researchers in both academia and industry. Readers can raise their level of knowledge about methodologies for programming contemporary parallel and distributed systems, and, furthermore, they can gain practical experience in using distributed software. Practical examples show how the complementary online material can easily be adopted in various new projects.
    Table of contents
    HOCs: Software Components for Grid Programming.- Higher-Order Component Service Architecture (HOC-SA).- Applications of Higher-Order Components.- HOCs With Embedded Scheduling and Loop Parallelization.- Conclusions and Related Work.