The MILANResearch Project


MILAN is a research project aiming to provide end-to-end services for transparent utilization and management of networked resources. The ultimate goal of the project is to build a software environment emulating a collection of virtual machines on a non-dedicated, unpredictable, distributed platform. The scope of the project is large and it encopasses a gamut of approaches from fundamental research through prototypes, up to working usable systems. It is the fundamental tenet of the research approach that only COTS components will be used. MILAN will provide software running in user space assuming standard hardware, operatings systems, and compilers.

MILAN stands for "Metacomputing in Large Asynchronous Networks," to remind us of some of the ultimate goals and challenges of our research. The project is a joint effort between New York University and Arizona State University.

As the consequence and an integral of the project's research, several prototypes and systems have been completed or are in advanced stages of development.

For a brief summary refer to the project overview; for detailed information see the documentation list; refer to the list of people if you want to contact us. If you are interested in software systems, you can freely download the Calypso software package; or simply for fun, you can (1) use your Java-capable browser to join a parallel Charlotte computation, or (2) use your Java RMI-capable browser to join a collaborative whiteboard session implemented using KnittingFactory.

A short article titled Cyber View in the May'97 issue of Scientific American covered Charlotte and other related research efforts.


The project is partially supported by DARPA and Rome Laboratory; Intel; Microsoft; and NSF.

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