USENIX Technical Program - Abstract - COOTS 99
JMAS: A Java-Based Mobile Actor System for Distributed Parallel Computation
Legand L. Burge III, Howard University; K. M. George, Oklahoma State University
JMAS is a prototype network computing infrastructure based on mobile
actors  using Java technology. JMAS requires a programming style
different from commonly used approaches to distributed computing. JMAS
allows a programmer to create mobile actors, initialize their
behaviors, and send them messages using constructs provided by the
JMAS Mobile Actor API. Applications are decomposed by the programmer
into small, self-contained sub-computations and distributed among a
virtual network of Distributed Run-Time Managers (D-RTM); which
execute and manage all mobile computations. This system is well suited
for course grain computations for network computing clusters.
Performance evaluation is done using two benchmarks: a Mersenne Prime
Application, and the Traveling Salesman Problem.
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