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IBM News: Interview: Irving Wladawsky-Berger explains Grid Computing

Apr 02, 2002, 19:00 (9 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Irish for this link. ]

"Question: There are three times that IBM has turned itself on a dime to adopt an emerging technology. When the Internet began to take off, IBM mandated integration across the product portfolio. When Linux began to be used to make free Web file and print servers, again IBM made a corporate decision to adopt and support Linux across all e-servers, middleware and IBM Global Services. Now IBM's new CEO, Sam Palmisano, has made it clear that IBM will support Grid Computing across the company.

"In hindsight, the Internet and Linux decisions have certainly worked out well, but when the decisions were made, the outcome wasn't so clear. Since you've been at the center of each of these decisions, this is a good opportunity to ask you, why these three? What do they all have in common that makes them worth steering an entire company the size of IBM directly at them?

"Dr. Wladawsky-Berger: If you look at all these three areas: the Internet, Linux and now Grid Computing, they all started, grew and became widely adopted in the research communities. The Internet, of course, started much earlier. But let's say by the early 1990s the research communities around the world were using it heavily, and they all started using the World Wide Web around this same time..."

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