[REBOL] Some thinking about the way REBOL could be used ... if it is not already
From: gerardcote::sympatico::ca at: 15-Jul-2002 17:11
Here is a content I received that could be of interest to some of you. It vaguely defines
what Grid Computing is and I found REBOL
could be a brick and mortar for glueing this concept since it is already used for p2p
apps that after all reflects in some way this
australia.internet.com Weekly Newsletter |
Inside today's issue on Nanotechnology:
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::: Grid Computing ::: The Network Is The Computer
By Niki Scevak
Speedy networks give rise to grid computing.
A decade ago, within the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, Ian
Foster and his cohorts had some ideas about the way companies should
process data. The scientists within the high performance computing
division had spotted a curious trend; The speed of a network was growing
at around twice the relative rate than processors were. If at some stage
they were to converge the definition of a computer would change.
Sounding more like a contemplation that existentialist Jean-Paul Satre
might have, the energy research lab academics persisted. Foster, an
associate division director at the distributed systems lab at Argonne,
says the mandate was to complement other projects. Grid computing put
simply was a "tool for science problem solving."
The US Government had funded a number of physical academic research
networks, akin to what AARNet is in Australia. They saw that their
investment in physical infrastructure needed to be broadened to include
concepts like grid computing, that controlled and put to use what was
already there. Foster and others got funding, and the Globus Project was
Wondering what grid computing is? Foster says there are three key
characteristics. The application must run over multiple domains, it must
co-ordinate disparate resources and there must be something that looks
after quality of service.
Still too abstract? You will probably have heard of the [Seti--Home] project
or others such as the ones that hope to cure cancer. Basically, hundreds
of thousands of users download a software client that can run as a screen
saver on a PC and proffer their spare processing cycles. Science get
processing cheap, and users contribute to worthwhile causes.
Both these projects are, of course, examples of grid computing, and both
highlight that processing power isn't always where it is needed - the
fundamental problem grid computing is trying to address.
Read the full story online -