High Performance Computing and Communications Glossary 2.1

A significant part of the material of this glossary was adapted from material originally written by Gregory V. Wilson which appeared as "A Glossary of Parallel Computing Terminology" (IEEE Parallel & Distributed Technology, February 1993), and is being re-printed in the same author's "Practical Parallel Programming" (MIT Press, 1995). Several people have contributed additions to this glossary, especially Jack Dongarra, Geoffrey Fox and many of my colleagues at Edinburgh and Syracuse.

Original version is from NPAC at <URL:http://nhse.npac.syr.edu/hpccgloss/>

Original author: Ken Hawick, khawick@cs.adelaide.edu.au

See also the index of all letters and the full list of entries (very large)

Sections: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


KA9Q (n.) an implementation of TCP/IP for amateur packet radio systems.

Kermit (n.) a public domain file transfer and terminal emulation program. Similar in functionality to uucp.

kernel (n.) A process providing basic services. A service kernel can run on every processor to support minimal operating system services, while a routing kernel can handle or forward incoming messages.

key (n.) unique object of a search.

knowledge (n.) information plus semantic meaning.

knowledge information processing system(n.) a computer system that processes knowledge, rather than data or information.