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eServer Magazine: IBM Takes on Grid computing

Jun 29, 2002, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Rhodes)

[ Thanks to Kellie for this link. ]

"I'm looking for aliens.

"OK, I'm not really looking for aliens; it's more accurate to say I'm listening for aliens. By downloading and installing a free data analysis screen saver from Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) at Home, I've joined millions of other PC owners worldwide in assisting SETI. When idle, my computer crunches a fragment of radio data downloaded from SETI at the University of California, Berkeley. The fragment, received from space at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, is analyzed for patterns that could be extraterrestrial in origin. Maybe, just maybe, a signal fragment analyzed on my system will one day prove to be the first interstellar, 'Hello, we're here!' ever recorded.

"Rather than countless PCs sharing tasks, imagine a large cluster of mainframes and other servers acting as a single integrated computing system that can be accessed by home- or business-based PCs. Beyond simply sharing files and information, users can access an extensive grid of high-end enterprise computers via the Internet, using idle compute cycles to crunch massive amounts of data. Certified users could access super-computing resources, computing clusters, data-storage systems, data sources and even network with other grid users. Taking it even further, users could create entire virtual organizations with complex business processes running remotely. The only costs involved are likely to be those charged to lease grid resources..."

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