The world's fastest computer is now probably the Internet -- or
whatever subset of its connected machines can be harnessed to the same
Scientific American, May 1997, page 115.
Charlotte leverages many existing but isolated research efforts. The Java programming language is used for heterogeneity and portability. Distributed threads and distributed shared memory abstractions allow the programmers to view the Web as single metacomputer. The runtime system that is based on the techniques validated by Calypso, implements a reliable metacomputer on unpredictable and faulty machines.
Charlotte is a research project at New York University and a part of a larger effort called MILAN, a joint project with Arizona State University.
A short article titled Cyber View in the May'97 issue of Scientific American covered Charlotte and other related research efforts.