A Networking Approach to Grid Computing by Daniel Minoli

By Daniel Minoli

Deriving the grid metaphor from the electrical community of cables and gear stations, grid computing is and extension of the concept that of "computer time sharing" during which the computing surroundings goals at allowing the choice, sharing, and aggregation of geographically disbursed assets in response to quite a number concerns vital to optimizing computing assets. Aiming his quantity at company IT pros, Minoli (managing director, modern Networks included) synthesizes the nation of the sphere, protecting such themes as grid merits; elements and architectures; criteria; deployment matters and methods; grid approach economics; and communique structures for neighborhood, nationwide, and worldwide grids.

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Client software for IBM Informix®, Sybase, Oracle, and so on would need to be installed to access each type of federatee [126]. TEAM LinG - Live, Informative, Non-cost and Genuine! 18 INTRODUCTION pacity, widely distributed among a tribal arrangement of PCs, midrange platforms, mainframes, and supercomputers. For example, if a company has 10,000 PCs, at an average computing power of 333 MIPS, this equates to an aggregate 3 tera (1012) floating-point operations per second (TFLOPS) of potential computing power.

TEAM LinG - Live, Informative, Non-cost and Genuine! 24 INTRODUCTION Grid computing deployment, although potentially related to a rehosting initiative, is not just rehosting. 7 depicts, rehosting implies the reduction of typically a large number of servers (possibly using some older and/or proprietary OS) to a smaller set of more powerful and more modern servers (possibly running on open-source OSs). This is certainly advantageous from the operations, physical maintenance, and power and space perspectives.

One researcher stated that “Service providers that are not planning to invest in a portfolio of IT utility services will be under increasing pressure to show they can still provide flexible, cost-effective IT infrastructure services supporting everchanging business applications and processes” [34]. And another wrote that “Utility Computing will drive major change in system architecture, system management, IT product/service packaging, and pricing. The investments, however, will be relatively modest in 2004.

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