A Case for NOW (Networks of Workstations) - Abstract

  title={A Case for NOW (Networks of Workstations) - Abstract},
  author={David A. Patterson and David E. Culler and Thomas E. Anderson},
In this paper, we argue that because of recent technology advances, networks of workstations (NOWs) are poised to become the primary computing infrastructure for science and engineering, from low end interactive computing to demanding sequential and parallel applications. We identify three opportunities for NOWs that will benefit endusers: dramatically improving virtual memory and file system performance by using the aggregate DRAM of a NOW as a giant cache for disk; achieving cheap, highly… CONTINUE READING