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Whitepaper: Cheap and Easy Parallelism for Matlab on Linux Clusters

by Washington and Lee UniversityJan 01, 2008

Matlab is the most popular platform for rapid prototyping and development of scientific and engineering applications. This paper presents PECON, a very small, easy-to-use Matlab class library that simplifies the task of parallelizing existing Matlab programs. PECON exploits Matlab’s built-in Java Virtual Machine to pass data structures between a central client and several ""Compute servers"" using sockets, thereby avoiding reliance on lower-level message passing software or disk i/o. PECON is free, open-source software than runs ""Out of the box"" without any additional installation or modification of system parameters.