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Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM)

Definition - What does Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM) mean?

A parallel virtual machine (PVM) is a distributed computing system that's created through a series of parallel computers, which are all merged together to be displayed as a unified virtual machine. This software framework creates a distributed computing architecture from a parallel connected system that works as a single unit to process any high-end computing task.

Techopedia explains Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM)

PVM was initially created as a software package in 1989 to solve the problem of highly intensive computing processes. PVM works by creating a powerful virtual machine out of a pool of shared computers or servers. Each server/computer can have any amount of processing capability. When the virtual machine needs processing power, it uses the combined capacity of distributed computers/servers to execute the instructions. PVM provides substantial computing power without the need to build or source a high-end computer such as a mainframe or supercomputer.

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