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In the study of human settlements, an agglomeration is an extended city or town area comprising the built-up area of a central place (usually a municipality) and any suburbs or adjacent satellite towns. Another term for agglomeration is urbanized area. However, because of differences in definitions of what does and does not constitute an 'agglomeration', as well as variations and limitations in statistical or geographical methodology, it can be problematic to compare different agglomerations around the world. It may not be clear, for instance, whether an area should be considered to be a satellite and part of an agglomeration, or a distinct entity in itself. Sydney, Australia at Night. ... Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town In American English, a town is usually a municipal corporation that is smaller than a city but larger than a village. ... A municipality or general-purpose district (compare with: special-purpose district) is an administrative local area generally composed of a clearly defined territory and commonly referring to a city, town, or village government. ... It has been suggested that Suburbia be merged into this article or section. ...

The Greater Tokyo Area provides an example of the difficulties involved because estimates of its population vary according to how it is defined. While the prefectures of Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama are commonly used to define Greater Tokyo, the Japan Statistics Bureau simply measures the area within 50 kilometers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices in Shinjuku[1] [2]. The Greater Tokyo Area (東京都市圏 Tōkyō-toshiken), also the Tokyo-Yokohama area, is a large metropolitan area in Japan consisting of the metropolis of Tokyo and the prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama. ...

The term 'agglomeration' is distinct from a 'Conurbation', which is a more specific term for urban clusters where the built-up zones of influence of distinct cities or towns are connected by continuous built-up development. Each city or town in a conurbation may nevertheless continue to act as an independent focus for a substantial part of the area. A conurbation is an urban area comprising a number of cities or towns which, through population growth and expansion, have physically merged to form one continuous built up area. ...

A metropolitan area is an extended agglomeration or conurbation that also includes peripheral areas not themselves necessarily urban in character but closely bound to the urban area by employment or commerce. A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large city and its adjacent zone of influence, or of several neighboring cities or towns and adjoining areas, with one or more large cities serving as its hub or hubs. ...

Businesses can also "agglomerate" when they need to be in close contact (for example, Financial Services). Financial services is a term used to refer to the services provided by the finance industry. ...

Agglomeration can also be seen amongst small particles (< 5 microns) during industrial and pharmaceutical processing.

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The term Economies of agglomeration is used in urban economics to describe the benefits that firms obtain when locating near each other. ... Sydney, Australia at Night. ... A megacity is usually defined as a recognized metropolitan area with a total population in excess of 10 million people. ... A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large city and its adjacent zone of influence, or of several neighboring cities or towns and adjoining areas, with one or more large cities serving as its hub or hubs. ... London New York City Paris Tokyo A global city (also known as a world city or world-class city) is a city with a somewhat subjective set of traits, some of which are listed below. ...

External links

  • Prinicipal Agglomerations of the World
  • World Urban Areas All urbanized areas (agglomerations) 500,000+ and others: Population & Density
  • United States Urbanized Areas All 452 urbanized areas (agglomerations) from 2000 census: Population, Land Area & Density
  • Largest cities of the world (municipalities)
  • Largest cities of the world - A list of the largest municipalities (cities) areas by population

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2.4 Agglomeration (2554 words)
In particular, we consider whether it is useful to combine, or agglomerate, tasks identified by the partitioning phase, so as to provide a smaller number of tasks, each of greater size (Figure 2.11).
Agglomeration is almost always beneficial if analysis of communication requirements reveals that a set of tasks cannot execute concurrently.
Alternatively, we may have used agglomeration to increase computation and communication granularity and/or to decrease software engineering costs, even though opportunities for concurrent execution are reduced.
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