Grid Computing: Making the Global Infrastructure a Reality

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Grid computing is applying the resources of many computers in anetwork to a single problem at the same time

Grid computing appears to be a promising trend for threereasons:
(1) Its ability to make more cost-effective use of a given amountof computer resources,
(2) As a way to solve problems that can't be approached without anenormous amount of computing power
(3) Because it suggests that the resources of many computers can becooperatively and perhaps synergistically harnessed and managed asa collaboration toward a common objective.

A number of corporations, professional groups, universityconsortiums, and other groups have developed or are developingframeworks and software for managing grid computing projects. TheEuropean Community (EU) is sponsoring a project for a grid forhigh-energy physics, earth observation, and biology applications.In the United States, the National Technology Grid is prototyping acomputational grid for infrastructure and an access grid forpeople. Sun Microsystems offers Grid Engine software. Described asa distributed resource management tool, Grid Engine allowsengineers at companies like Sony and Synopsys to pool the computercycles on up to 80 workstations at a time.
* "the Grid" is a very hot topic generating broad interest fromresearch and industry (e.g. IBM, Platform, Avaki, Entropia, Sun,HP)
* Grid architecture enables very popular e-Science projects likethe Genome project which demand global interaction andnetworking
* In recent surveys over 50% of Chief Information Officers areexpected to use Grid technology this year
Grid Computing:
* Features contributions from the major players in the field
* Covers all aspects of grid technology from motivation toapplications
* Provides an extensive state-of-the-art guide in gridcomputing

This is essential reading for researchers in Computing andEngineering, physicists, statisticians, engineers andmathematicians and IT policy makers.

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"A few years ago ‘The Grid’ emerged as one of the mostimportant new developments in building the infrastructure forcomputational science in the 21st century. The tremendousenthusiasm for grid computing has led to an extremely rapid growthof our knowledge about how to make grids a reality. This is atimely book with contributions by the world’s leading expertson building grids – it synthesizes all the excitingdevelopments of the recent years.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in acomprehensive and up to date treatment of one of the most importanttopics in computing."

Horst D. Simon, Director, NERSC Center and ComputationalResearch

The Grid is the computing and data management infrastructurethat will provide the electronic underpinning for a globalsociety.

As our life styles change with the development of technology,the demand for global interaction and networking in business,government, research, science and entertainment increases.

The Grid integrates networking, communication, computation andinformation to provide a virtual platform for computation and datamanagement, just as the Internet provides a virtual platform foraccess to information. Using the Grid, users can access remotecomputers and gain the ability to use networked resources(computers, data archives, scientific instruments, etc.) togetherto solve a single problem.

Large-scale grids are intrinsically distributed, heterogeneousand dynamic. They promise effectively infinite cycles and storage,as well as access to instruments, visualization devices, and muchmore, without regard to geographic location. To make good thispromise, complex systems of software and services must bedeveloped.

In this book the authors consider the Grid in depth, describingits immense potential and complexity from the perspective of thecommunity of individuals working hard to transform the Gridcomputing vision into reality.

Grid Computing: Making the Global Infrastructure aReality:

  • covers all aspects of grid technology;
  • provides a comprehensive reference to the state-of-the-art ingrid computing;
  • features an extensive set of authors – the major playersin the field;
  • describes mature projects, working applications andcutting-edge research.

This book describes the "state of the art" in Grid Computing,and is a "must read" for all researchers in computing andengineering, physicists, statisticians, engineers andmathematicians, as well as IT policy makers involved inpeer-to-peer and high performance computing. Over 50% of ChiefInformation Officers worldwide are expected to invest in Gridtechnology this year: can you afford to be left behind?

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"...a very good understanding of how the experts are approaching various problems around in the grid realm, and what the solutions are." (Computing Reviews.com, February 14, 2005)

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