processor farm

processor farm

(computer, parallel)
A parallel processor where tasks are distributed, or "farmed out", by one "farmer" processor to several "worker" processors, and results are sent back to the farmer. This arrangement is suitable for applications which can be partitioned into many separate, independent tasks, the canonical examples being ray tracing and the Mandelbrot set. In order to be efficient, the extra time spent on communications must be small compared to the time spent processing each task.
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For applications with more distributed data flow, a processor farm can be used.
Northern Ireland poultry meat processor Farm Fed Chickens is set to make scores of redundancies at its Coleraine factory after Sainsbury cut back its fresh chicken contract with the company.
Its successor, the Grid, would comprise of computing resources linking supercomputers, processor farms, disks, major databases, collaborative tools and people by a high-speed network.

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