The Active Nodal Task Seeking (ANTS) concept uses a completely decentralized approach to distributive computing. Each computing node actively seeks new work when it completes a task segment that it had already undertaken. What constitutes work, is typically a segment of the task undertaken by the distributive environment. Since, each node is an active member of the network, it not only avoids the possible critical region in favor of dependable computing, but it also provides an adaptable distributed resource management that can explore the full potential in computational power of the system. These pages describe the dependable distributed scheduling of the ANTS approach in a network of workstations.

ANTS has been successfully realized and implemented on a network of SUN workstations running Sun OS 5.x.