Organization of This Document

This users' guide is divided into six parts. These parts are aimed at the needs of different types of users. Therefore, it is not necessary for a user to read all chapters of this users' guide.

Part I: Introduction

This part of the users' guide provides a general overview of the NetSolve system, as well as a discussion of related projects.

Part II: The User's Manual

These chapters are aimed at the average user of NetSolve who is only interested in utilizing the client interfaces. They provide installation instructions for the client software, a discussion of the available client interfaces and how to utilize specific features of the NetSolve system such as request farming, security, and user-supplied functions, and a troubleshooting section to explain error-handling within the NetSolve system.

Part III: The Administrator's Manual

These chapters are aimed at the user who will be installing and customizing a stand-alone NetSolve system. They give installation instructions for the agent and server software and the management tools, explanations of how to add new software to the NetSolve system, and a thorough explanation of the design of features in the NetSolve system such as request farming, security, and the user-supplied function.

Part IV: Miscellaneous Features

These chapters provide detailed information on miscellaneous features of the NetSolve system such as the Network Weather Service (NWS), Condor-G, Distributed Storage Infrastructure (DSI), GridRPC, and Octave.

Part V: Reference

These sections provide reference manuals for the client interfaces, as well as a listing of error-handling messages within the NetSolve system.

Part VI: Appendices

These appendices provides tutorials on using NetSolve and example programs calling the Fortran77 and C NetSolve interfaces.