Tim Brecht, Harjinder Sandhu, Meijuan Shan, and Jimmy Talbot
Department of Computer Science
York University, North York, Ontario
In this paper, we describe the design of a system, called ParaWeb, for utilizing Internet or intra-net computing resources in a seamless fashion. The goal is to allow users to execute serial programs on faster compute servers or parallel programs on a variety of possibly heterogeneous hosts. ParaWeb provides extensions to the Java programming environment (through a parallel class library) and the Java runtime system that allow programmers to develop new Java applications with parallelism in mind, or to execute existing Java applications written using Java's multithreading facilities in parallel. Some experimental results from our prototype implementation are used to demonstrate the potential of this approach.