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Getting computers to work together is the goal of Gabriel Tarasuk-Levin's (04F) final Hampshire project. Entitled DFlux, his Division III work seeks to expand a programming language so that it can allow multiple computers to handle complex tasks together.
The project involves the principle of distributed processing. "The basic idea behind it is that things can be handled more quickly by larger numbers of computers," Tarasuk-Levin says. "I'm exploring a particular method of distributing tasks to a cluster. You cannot simply 'ask' a computer cluster to work as a team. You need to build an infrastructure, including task management tools to facilitate the sharing of the computation."