The POPCORN project provides an infrastructure for globally distributed computation over the whole Internet. It provides any programmer connected to the Internet with a single huge virtual parallel computer composed of all processors on the Internet, which care to participate at any given moment. POPCORN provides a market-based mechanism for trade in CPU time to motivate processors to provide their CPU cycles for other peoples' computations. 'Selling' CPU time is as easy as visiting a certain web site with a Java-enabled browser. 'Buying' CPU time is done by writing a parallel program using the POPCORN paradigm. A third entity in the POPCORN system is a 'market' for CPU time, which is where buyers and sellers meet and trade. The POPCORN system may be visited on our web-site: http://www.cs.huji.ac.il/ approx. popcorn.
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