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Millennium Sort: A Cluster-Based Application for Windows NT Using DCOM, River Primitives and the Virtual Interface Architecture
We present the design and results of Millennium Sort, a distributed sorting application built using three layers of technology: extensible River System primitives, the Virtual Interface Architecture (VIA) and the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM). The Millennium Sort application is a vehicle for exploring the issues of commercial cluster technologies and distributed development on commodity node clusters. We discuss the architecture and design of the River System primitives, VIA and DCOM. Performance results are discussed, including the latest Datamation Sort record time of 1.18 seconds achieved by a 16-node Pentium-II cluster.