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Introduction

After opening the market with electronic computers civil engineers were among pioneers utilizing this technology preferably in the area of structural mechanics. The reason was very simple. The slope - deflection method was widely used by practicing engineers for the analysis of frame structures. The method was appropriate for simple algorithmization and for coding. There was developed a lot of codes for the analysis of frame structures. Several years after introducing computers on the market engineers discovered finite element method, at the moment general tool for the analysis of problems in civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical and environmental engineering. The development of the first systematic design tool was also connected with civil engineers. ICES (Integrated Civil Engineering System) was developed on MIT. The real milestone in increasing the popularity of computer method in engineering was the introduction of the first PC computer with advanced graphical opportunity. During that elapsed time the things changed significantly. The power of nowadays standard PC's is very comparable to the power of former biggest mini and mainframes. Now it is very difficult to imagine any design without computer support.

The aim of this paper is to show the opportunity how to use parallel technology in computational mechanics in civil engineering applications in the near future with the special attention to the cluster technology.



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Daniel Rypl
2005-12-03