On Tue, 24 Jul 2001, John Carter wrote:

> On Tue, 24 Jul 2001, Emil Ong wrote:
> 
> > MPI Ruby is a Ruby binding of MPI. The primary goal in making this binding
> > was to make the power of MPI available to Ruby users in a way that fits
> > into the language's object oriented model.
> 
> Sometimes one is so close to the forest, that one assumes everyone else
> sees trees.
> 
> Please enlighten the ignorant, (myself), what is MPI?

Indeed, you are correct, sir.  Sorry about that.  MPI stands for Message
Passing Interface and is a specification for a parallel communication and
processing library.  There are a number of implementations of this
interface and the Open Directory's page on MPI is a good place to start
looking, if you're interested:

http://dmoz.org/Computers/Parallel_Computing/Programming/Libraries/MPI/

MPI is probably most interesting because it is used by a lot of people to
program big clusters of computers (e.g. Beowulfs, etc.).

Thanks for asking!
Emil