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processor farm
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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 Mandelbrotset. In order to be efficient, the extra time spent on
communications must be small compared to the time spent
processing each task.