The OpenComputing Lab currently comprises several activities that give users an authentic experience of networking and distributed computing.
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In this activity you will explore the effectiveness of distributed computing using a Raspberry Pi cluster to solve processor-intensive tasks.
You will be able to explore three programs that deal with solving the travelling salesperson problem, decrypting a hashed password and combining three images together. You will change the values of the inputs and observe the length of time it takes for the problem to be solved on both an individual Raspberry Pi and the Raspberry Pi cluster.
The Open Networking Lab will make available introductory practical computer networking skills training, in order to service the needs of vocational learners (Further Education and Apprenticeship levels), educators, and industry.
PT Anywhere is the underlying technology the project uses to teach networking concepts. The platform offers a network simulation environment via a web interface that can be accessed from any browser or as a widget inside an interactive eBook. PT Anywhere is based on the Packet Tracer network simulator for Windows and Linux developed by the Cisco Networking Academy.
The project has produced a free online course, Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab, which is available through the Open University’s OpenLearn platform.
For more information visit https://onl.kmi.open.ac.uk.
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