The Wolfram Language comes with all the tools and configurations that allow you to immediately carry out parallel computing. Note that to take advantage of parallel computing, it is often better to have a multicore machine or access to a grid of parallel Wolfram Language kernels. Luckily, multicore machines have been common in many types of configurations for some time.
A first step that may just demonstrate that the system is running is a ParallelEvaluate. If this is the first parallel computation, it will launch the configured parallel kernels.
You might find it useful to open the Parallel Kernels Status monitor, which looks something like the following.
Now you can carry out an actual computation. One very simple type of parallel program is to do a search. In the following example, one is added to a factorial and the result is tested to see if it is a prime number. This is done by wrapping the regular Wolfram Language computation in Parallelize.
Another example is to look for Mersenne prime numbers. This is done with the following, again wrapping the computation in Parallelize.
The previous example worked by simply wrapping a parallelizable expression in Parallelize[…]. If the expressions involve not only built-in functions, but functions you defined yourself, some preparatory work is necessary.
The reason it seems to work is that the unknown function does not evaluate on the parallel kernels, so the expressions , , … are sent back, and they then evaluate on the master kernel, where the definition is known.