@techreport{NBERw18714,
title = "Solving Dynamic Programming Problems on a Computational Grid",
author = "Yongyang Cai and Kenneth L. Judd and Greg Thain and Stephen J. Wright",
institution = "National Bureau of Economic Research",
type = "Working Paper",
series = "Working Paper Series",
number = "18714",
year = "2013",
month = "January",
doi = {10.3386/w18714},
URL = "http://www.nber.org/papers/w18714",
abstract = {We implement a dynamic programming algorithm on a computational grid consisting of loosely coupled processors, possibly including clusters and individual workstations. The grid changes dynamically during the computation, as processors enter and leave the pool of workstations. The algorithm is implemented using the Master-Worker library running on the HTCondor grid computing platform. We implement value function iteration for several large dynamic programming problems of two kinds: optimal growth problems and dynamic portfolio problems. We present examples that solve in hours on HTCondor but would take weeks if executed on a single workstation. The use of HTCondor can increase a researcher's computational productivity by at least two orders of magnitude.},
}