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Zero Assignment Parallel Processor. A virtual tree machine architecture in which a process tree is dynamically mapped onto a fixed, strongly connected network of processors communicating by message passing. The basic operation of each node is to apply a divide and conquer function which takes four arguments: (1) a function 'primitive' which takes a problem description (PD) and returns true if it can be solved without division, (2) a function 'solve' which takes a primitive PD and returns its solution, (3) a function 'divide' which takes a PD and returns a list of PDs of smaller problems and (4) a function 'combine' which returns the solution to a problem by combining a list of solutions of subproblems.
Each node has a copy of the code and one is given the initial problem description. Task distribution is by process stealing in which a process constructs a descriptor for each subtask and idle (lightly loaded) processors can steal a descriptor from a physically connected neighbour.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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  • "Huh-huh," Golnik asserted weakly, and zapp grew purple with rage.

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  • "I told you that silk was too good for them garments, Birsky," zapp cried.

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  • zapp cried in alarm, "transfer back that five hundred dollars after what Feigenbaum tells us?"

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  • zapp and me donate five hundred dollars to your rotten society!

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  • Which of your operators do you consider is the strongest, Mr. zapp?

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  • "Aber we are running our society on our own idees, Mr. Eschenbach," zapp said.

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  • He rose to his feet and took off his hat and coat, preparatory to going over Birsky & zapp's sample line.

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  • So, when them Roshoyim come in here, zapp, tell 'em to wait till I get back.

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  • He swung his bat at a pebble that lay in his path and Birsky and zapp edged away.

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  • "We ain't got no such idee in our head at all," zapp assured him almost tearfully.

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