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In any platform PVM requires two environment variables to be set: PVM_ARCH and PVM_ROOT. PVM_ARCH defines the architecture of the machine. The value that should be used can be learned by pvmgetarch command that comes with PVM package. PVM_ROOT should contain the path of the root of PVM installation.
Configuration of PES is independent of platform but PVM requires platform specific issues to be addressed.
PES uses a single configuration file 'Pesdef.txt'. This file contains parameters of algorithm. This configuration file is searched on the running directory of the server program. The TaskManager instance for the program reads this file and configures the program using the file. When the file is not present, default values are used. The parameters and their default values are listed on appendix.