A Grid computing environment provides the virtual computing resource that will be used to execute applications. The functional components(security, resource managament, informations services, and data managament)of a grid environment, as well as non-functional considerations such as performance requirements or operating system requirements, must be well understood when considering enabling an application to execute in a grid environment. This article helps you determine whether an application is a good candidate to execute in a grid environment.
Should your Application be on the Grid?
Submitted by Frank 2003-07-16 General Development 3 Comments
an electric power grid powers a computer grid ehich powers your database query enguine?
Once upon a time PC used to mean “Personal Computer”. I’m not saying grid computing is a bad thing, but home users just don’t need the power. Its more for science and industry.
However, I can just imagine Windows 2006 Home Grid Edition now.
Sony is betting the farm on grid computing in the home in fact. The power behind the Playstation 3 (which is still some way off) will be a totally new breed of processor called cells.
“Okamoto said Sony is working with IBM to apply Big Blue’s research in ‘grid computing,’ a variation of distributed computing, to the next PlayStation.” (news.com article March 2002)
The rough idea is that the Playstation will have a certain number of cells to work with, but if you plug it into any other device which contains more of these cells, they too can be used to improve the performance of the system.
May seem like fantasy now, but when a games console comes along capable of ray tracing scenes in real time rather than drawing a load of triangles, it will be a revelation in home entertainment.
And all because of . . . grid computing.