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The Environment

To provide proof of concept, we used the following local computing environments to perform our tests. Platform A is a Linux cluster that was recently installed at the University of Oregon. It consists of 16 dual-processor nodes interconnected with two independent gigabit Ethernet networks. Platform B is a 128 processor SGI Origin 3800 at Dresden University of Technology. Although the Origin 3800 is an SMP machine, the behavior comes very close to a cluster when running a dedicated MPI Application. It furthermore shows that our architecture is not limited to clustered environments.