is used to allocate the virtual machine and spawn off processes. It reads in a file called
, in which the first line must be the name of your executable. The second line is optional, but if it exists, it should be a PVM spawn flag. Legal values at this time are 0 (
), 4 (
), 8 (
), and 12 (
). The primary reason for this line is to allow the user to easily turn on and off PVM debugging. Additional lines, if any, specify what machines should be added to the current configuration before spawning
-1 processes to the machines in a round robin fashion.