The Java Market: Transforming the Internet into a Metacomputer
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Technical Report, CNDS-98-2. The Johns Hopkins University, (1998)

Most of the machines that are connected to the Internet are idle a significant fraction of the time. This paper presents the Java Market, a system that allows organizations and Internet users to make use of this wasted computational power. Using the Java progrmaming language and the Web technology, the Java Market is the first metacomputing system that can seamlesly take advantage of machines of any architecture, anywhere on the Internet. Every user of the Internet can contribute their machine's computational resources just by pointing a Java-capable browser to the Java Market web page. Similarly, users can launch jobs to the system by posting them on the Web and registering them with the Java Market. In contrast, other systems that allow sharing of computational resources between machines over the network require homogeneous system architecture. They often involve extensive installation or enen kernel-level modifications ot the operating system.
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