This category, described as "multiprocessor, clustered, or distributed computing" would make it easier for users to find software which can take advantage of this kind of environment. This type of computing is glamorous: for instance, the ACME cluster at Purdue (http://acme.ecn.purdue.edu/) was written up on Daemon News (http://daily.daemonnews.org/view_story.php3?story_id=964) and Slashdot. Were this category approved, it could encourage more use of FreeBSD for this type of work, and lead to further favourable publicity for us.
I have identified sixteen existing ports which would be suitable for inclusion in this category:
The eight ports in the catch-all devel, misc, and net categories could be repo-copied into parallel/.
The idea for this came from NetBSD. I discussed it briefly with FreeBSD committer Greg Lewis, and brought it up on the ports and developers lists. I saw no adverse remarks.
asks for change to bsd.port.mk
Another port that belongs in this category is ports/net/generic-nqs .
Added as a virtual category, thanks.
The original request was to add it as a real category, but we did not
find a sufficient reason for it being a real category since most of the
ports proposed for the category seemed better live in the current primary
category. I think we can "upgrade" it to a real category in future if
needed. Comments are welcome.