I am a graduate student. My thesis topic will involve a simulation that is run on multiple computers in order to cut down on processing time. The processing time involves running multiple iterations of a stochastic process on multiple computers.... i.e. run a 100 replications on 100+ pc's.
I have a java based web server called "sim manager" (for background see -- http://www.informs-cs.org/wsc00papers/249.PDF
) that was created by a predecessor.
One of my first jobs is to find/create another web server or update/replace the current one.
I know visual basic, but not java. I plan on taking a java class in spring '04. I need something to start working with by january '04.
What language base do you suggest?
Is java the best, or should I look into something I am more familiar with like VB?