StarCluster is a utility for creating traditional computing clusters used in research labs or for general distributed computing applications on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). It uses a simple configuration file provided by the user to request cloud resources from Amazon and to automatically configure them with a queuing system, an NFS shared /home directory, passwordless SSH, OpenMPI, and ~140GB scratch disk space. It consists of a Python library and a simple command line interface to the library. For end-users, the command line interface provides simple intuitive options for getting started with distributed computing on EC2 (i.e. starting/stopping clusters, managing AMIs, etc). For developers, the library wraps the EC2 API to provide a simplified interface for launching/terminating nodes, executing commands on the nodes, copying files to/from the nodes, etc.
POP-C++ is a comprehensive object-oriented system for developing applications in large distributed computing infrastructures such as Grid, P2P or Clouds. It consists of a programming suite (language, compiler) and a run-time system for running POP-C++ applications. The POP-C++ language is a minimal extension of C++ that implements the parallel object model with the integration of resource requirements into distributed objects. This extension is as close as possible to standard C++ so that programmers can easily learn POP-C++ and so that existing C++ libraries can be parallelized using POP-C++ without too much effort. The POP-C++ run-time is an object-oriented open design that aims at integrating different distributed computing tool kits into an infrastructure for executing requirement-driven object-oriented applications. It uses objects to serve objects: the system provides services for executing remote objects.