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JavaWorld: A Do-It-Yourself Framework for Grid Computing

Apr 29, 2003, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anthony Karre)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Internet computing is a term commonly used to describe the use of multiple networked computers to run dedicated computing applications. The most famous example is The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, in which half a million home and corporate PC users voluntarily use their spare processing power to analyze radio telescope data for SETI.

"The SETI project is typical of the Internet computing domain in that its application is both dedicated and vertically integrated. In other words, no generic use of the computing resources is or can be made, and all dataflow between the computing resource and the data server uses proprietary APIs. When an application upgrade is required, manual intervention is needed to download new executables, and typically no management layer exists for dynamically pushing new computing tasks or otherwise manipulating the available computing resources..."

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