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Re: Platform Internet: The Promise of Grid Computing
Posted by: Willy Chui 2003-08-29 09:13:39
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As exciting as the Internet's past 30 years have been, they're only a shadow of what is to come. We are already catching glimpses of the future in projects sponsored by universities and pharmaceutical research labs. Grid computing -- a Web-based operation that will allow companies to share computing resources on demand -- is where we're headed. Simply put, grid computing uses more of a server's computing power. On the grid, the idle time of hundreds -- even thousands -- of servers can be harnessed by any customer needing a massive infusion of processing power.

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Posted by: Bena_chandra 2010-03-22 22:45:06 In reply to: Willy Chui
Yes, Of course thanks for such a wonderful explanation on Grid Computing. that was a great article. By the way have you heard about Cloudslam 2010 conference which is the world's largest conference on cloud Computing and its technologies. I am very much interested to gather more information about the Cloud computing and its technologies. the complete details about the conference available through http://cloudslam10.com

Re: Platform Internet: The Promise of Grid Computing
Posted by: jgiove 2003-08-29 10:37:53 In reply to: Willy Chui
Indeed seductive Mr. Chui. Thank you for this article. Here's a comment and an idea:
Whenever technology demonstrates collaboration on such a large scale, it is this collaboration that is as exciting as the technology itself. The fact that the Internet is becoming THE computing platform for planet earth suggests increasingly hopeful and effective levels of collaboration and cooperation across business, political, social and economic structures.
But here's an idea: how about this global computing platform using its underutilized resources like a giant virtual robot? In addition to undertaking massive computational tasks as you've mentioned in your article, consider a technology that can turn virtually any computer network into a grid, the purpose of which is to emulate physical human behavior.
As an example, imagine the actions of 5,000 people from all over the world simultaneously visiting the same eCommerce site (that may be even dynamically provisioned with the latest grid computing software), all performing a mix of different transactions: looking up information, requesting email support or ordering widgets. Or how about a "crisis" where many thousands of people rush to a site to view or order the latest lingerie during half time?
This type of collective human behavior can wreak havoc on most Web sites, especially if it is sudden or unplanned. But if a technology existed that used the spare computing resources of consumers' Internet-connected computers (and paid them for doing so), in aggregate, to emulate this type of behavior, then we would have a giant virtual robot, capable of emulating human actions on a large scale. But as important, this "robot" will provide visibility all the way to the users' desktop. Interestingly, this "robot" would be using the Internet as a platform, for testing the Internet as a platform, to carry out these actions against a target Web site...on the platform.
Combined with other human emulations, like the autonomic nervous system, it could readily self-manage Web infrastructure so that the "World Wide Wait" can finally become a comical historical footnote.
This technology does exist; this is what we do at Distributed Computing, Inc. (www.capcal.com), providing a "next step" for grid computing to move into the business mainstream. We continue to be excited with more and more applications being developed around this most interesting computing model.
Joseph Giove
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