Ninf is an ongoing global network-wide computing infrastructure
project which allows users to access computational resources including hard-ware,
software and scientific data distributed across a wide area network. Ninf
is intended not only to exploit high performance in network parallel computing,
but also to provide high quality numerical computation services and accesses to
scientific database published by other researchers. Computational resources are
shared as Ninf remote libraries executable at a remote Ninf server. Users can
build an application by calling the libraries with the Ninf Remote Procedure Call,
which is designed to provide a programming interface similar to conventional
function calls in existing languages, and is tailored for scientific computation.
In order to facilitate location transparency and network-wide parallelism, Ninf
metaserver maintains global resource information regarding computational server
and databases, allocating and scheduling coarse-grained computation for global
load balancing. Ninf also interfaces with the WWW browsers for easy accessi-bility.