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The Grid: Blueprint for a new computing infrastructure (Chapter 2)

The grid promises to fundamentally change the way we think about and use computing. This infrastructure will connect multiple regional and national computational grids, creating a universal source of pervasive and dependable computing power that supports dramatically new classes of applications. The Grid provides a clear vision of what computational grids are, why we need them, who will use them, and how they will be programmed.

This download is from Chapter 2 of The Grid: Blueprint for a new computing infrastructure, entitled "Computational grids." In this introductory chapter, the authors provide a detailed picture of the expected purpose, shape and architecture of future grid systems. It is structured according to six questions: Why do we need computational grids? What types of applications will grids be used for? Who will use grids? How will grids be used? What is involved in building a grid? And, what problems must be solved to make grids commonplace?

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This was first published in May 2004

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