July 22, 2009

Fireflies and Ants

Douglas Eadline, Ph.D.

Large insect populations synchronize globally, but communicate locally. A lesson for parallel computing?

Insects fascinate me. Not because, they have six legs and pretty much dominate the earth, but because they have figured out ways to handle large numbers of themselves. In the past, I have marveled at how large numbers of ants and bees seem to operate as one organism. As core counts and clusters get larger, I always find it instructive to see how the problem of scale is solved by nature.

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