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IT Manager's Journal: Grid Computing Can Aid Complex Applications

Jan 04, 2006, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kurt Ziegler)

"The economic advantages delivered by grid technology are compelling many companies to move beyond discussion and into commercial pilots. Balancing workload by taking advantage of lightly used CPUs and providing system virtualization to improve application availability are two of the primary drivers behind the expanding adoption of a variety of processor grid technologies. And as infrastructure and tools to manage the process have matured, many organizations are ready to embrace the next innovation: the application grid, where even the most complex applications will be able to leverage distributed computing.

"Simply put, a processor grid assigns a series of computers to be shared--either using a cluster, manager, or grid fabric to schedule runs across available systems..."

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