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Grid Computing Networks

October 12th, 2002 · No Comments

Writes Red Herring: “From his paper-infested office at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, where he is a senior scientist and head of the distributed systems lab, Ian Foster champions grid technology. Today, he says, grids are where the Web was in 1991 or 1992–more academic curiosity than commercial venture. But, just as the Internet grew from a collection of small academic networks to a humongous octopus spreading its tentacles around the world, Mr. Foster predicts today’s minigrids will grow into a huge global grid, a transcontinental processing pool engaged in all sorts of complex tasks, like designing and testing semiconductors and decoding the human genome. Applications like customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) will be run from such a network. Tasks will be broken down, distributed to millions of connected processors, and then the reassembled results would be sent back to a single desktop. Just as the Web produced thousands of business opportunities, a global grid will create and transform a slew of industries, from data processing to storage management.”

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