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Grid Computing Fran Berman, Geoffrey Fox, Tony Hey John Wiley & Sons 2003


Grid Computing


Fran Berman, Geoffrey Fox, Tony Hey

John Wiley & Sons


1012 pages




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

Grid computing appears to be a promising trend for three reasons:

(1) Its ability to make more cost-effective use of a given amount of computer resources,
(2) As a way to solve problems that can't be approached without an enormous amount of computing power
(3) Because it suggests that the resources of many computers can be cooperatively and perhaps synergistically harnessed and managed as a collaboration toward a common objective.


A number of corporations, professional groups, university consortiums, and other groups have developed or are developing frameworks and software for managing grid computing projects. The European Community (EU) is sponsoring a project for a grid for high-energy physics, earth observation, and biology applications. In the United States, the National Technology Grid is prototyping a computational grid for infrastructure and an access grid for people. Sun Microsystems offers Grid Engine software. Described as a distributed resource management tool, Grid Engine allows engineers at companies like Sony and Synopsys to pool the computer cycles on up to 80 workstations at a time.

  • "the Grid" is a very hot topic generating broad interest from research and industry (e.g. IBM, Platform, Avaki, Entropia, Sun, HP)
  • Grid architecture enables very popular e-Science projects like the Genome project which demand global interaction and networking
  • In recent surveys over 50% of Chief Information Officers are expected 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 to applications

·  Provides an extensive state-of-the-art guide in grid computing


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


Table of Contents


Front Matter  

Overview and Motivation


Overview of the Book: Grid Computing - Making the Global Infrastructure a Reality

The Grid: Past, Present, Future
The Grid: A New Infrastructure for 21st Century Science
The Evolution of the Grid
Software Infrastructure for the I-WAY High-Performance Distributed Computing Experiment

Implementing Production Grids


Grid Architecture and Technologies


The Anatomy of the Grid: Enabling Scalable Virtual Organizations
Rationale for Choosing the Open Grid Services Architecture
The Physiology of the Grid
Grid Web Services and Application Factories
From Legion to Avaki: The Persistence of Vision
Condor and the Grid
Architecture of a Commercial Enterprise Desktop Grid: The Entropia System
Autonomic Computing and Grid
Databases and the Grid
The Open Grid Services Architecture, and Data Grids
Virtualization Services for Data Grids
The Semantic Grid: A Future e-Science Infrastructure
Peer-To-Peer Grids
Peer-To-Peer Grid Databases for Web Service Discovery


Grid Computing Environments


Overview of Grid Computing Environments
Grid Programming Models: Current Tools, Issues and Directions
NaradaBrokering: An Event-Based Infrastructure for Building Scalable Durable Peer-To-Peer Grids
Classifying and Enabling Grid Applications
NetSolve: Past, Present, and Future - A Look at a Grid Enabled Server
Ninf-G: A GridRPC System on the Globus Toolkit
Commodity Grid Kits - Middleware for Building Grid Computing Environments
The Grid Portal Development Kit
Building Grid Computing Portals: The NPACI Grid Portal Toolkit
Unicore and the Open Grid Services Architecture
Distributed Object-Based Grid Computing Environments
DISCOVER: A Computational Collaboratory for Interactive Grid Applications
Grid Resource Allocation and Control Using Computational Economies
Parameter Sweeps on the Grid with APST
Storage Manager and File Transfer Web Services


Grid Applications


Application Overview for the Book: Grid Computing - Making the Global Infrastructure a Reality
The Data Deluge: An e-Science Perspective
Grids and the Virtual Observatory
Data-Intensive Grids for High-Energy Physics
The New Biology and the Grid

eDiamond: A Grid-Enabled Federated Database of Annotated Mammograms
Combinatorial Chemistry and the Grid
Education and the Enterprise with the Grid



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