Parallel computing

Young Choon Lee, Albert Y. Zomaya

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In general a task processed by two people is completed faster than when it is processed by one person. The task may get completed even faster if more than two people carry it out. Obviously, this performance gain is due to processing certain parts of the task in parallel. More specifically, the task is partitioned into a series of subtasks. These partitioned tasks may include sub-tasks that are not dependent on each other at certain points of processing. Therefore, these independent sub-tasks can be handled by different people at the same time. This is the notion of parallel computing, also called parallel processing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe electrical engineering handbook series
Subtitle of host publicationComputers, software engineering, and digital devices
EditorsRichard C. Dorf
PublisherCRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
Pages17-9 - 17-21
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781420037050, 9781315220659
ISBN (Print)0849373409, 9780849373404
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameThe Electrical Engineering Handbook Series


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