Parallel and distributed computing

Xavier Rubio-Campillo

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Archaeological research has an increasing need for computational power. The requirement is generated by the use of advanced algorithms with high computational costs such as simulation and spatial analysis. This is currently one of the biggest challenges for several scientific fields, as the speed of new computers cannot maintain the pace of computational requirements. The solution is to distribute the execution of these algorithms over more than one computer. Parallel computing methods are responsible for designing the hardware infrastructures and programming tools needed to achieve this task.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences
EditorsSandra Lopez-Varela
Number of pages3
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Dec 2018


  • high-performance computing
  • supercomputing
  • cloud computing
  • computational archaeology
  • simulation and modeling
  • big data
  • machine learning
  • agent-based models


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