Example Application Descriptions


The canonical example detailed in this manual.


The task algorithm for this example returns :ping-ok if presented with a :ping argument, or otherwise :ping-not-ok. The interesting aspect of this example is the use of the general target number API for the in memory tasks. Billions of tasks can be run through this application, but only a small number are kept in memory at any give time to prevent memory exhaustion.


This example implements the Monte Carlo algorithm to compute pi. Each task runs N trials and returns N and the number of trials in the circle. The master keeps a running sum of the total trials and the total number of trials in the circle. At the end of the maximum number of iterations, the approximation algorithm is performed with the computed ratio and the approximation to pi is produced. You may specify ---max-trial-sets integer to the master process to state the total number of trial sets that must be performed. The number of trials performed by each trial-set is non-configurable.


This example shows that task algorithms can be quite versatile. Here the horder task algorithm compiles a function presented to it as an argument and applies it to the data also presented to it returning the result of the application. The master algorithm creates a unique function for each task and associates it with the data for that task. All results are printed out when gotten back from the slaves. While this example shows the fundamental sketch of producing higher order task algorithms, more work would be needed to handle signaled errors or other problems that could show up in the task algorithm.

Peter Keller 2010-11-02