I am currently trying to distribute a large image analysis across a distributed computing system known as Condor (which uses downtime on public computers within the university). However, the system is limited, as it does not give access to any shared filespace. Files can be transferred to each computer (but no directory structure). This means for each computer I have to send the standalone command line ZIP utility 7za.exe, a ZIP file containing the 32-bit compiled CellProfiler (as created by the installer) and the images for analysis. All the computers are running Windows XP.
This has worked pretty well, but a significant minority of the computers return a stderr: “The system cannot execute the specified program.”
I presume this has something to do with the unavailability of the Visual C++ runtime libraries. I got the CAB file from the redistributable installer and managed to get lots of nosxs_ .dll files from it and tried distributing those in the CellProfiler directory, to no avail.
Do you have any other suggestions?