"CERN, the famed Swiss high-energy particle physics
lab, has a problem. It's about to start generating more data than
any computer or network anywhere in the world is able to analyze.
That prospect has led CERN to drive a major European project to
create a vast "grid" research network of computers across Europe.
When completed, the 10 million euro, Linux-based endeavor called
DataGRID, will become a principal European computing resource for
researchers of many disciplines.
"I believe grid computing will revolutionize the way we compute,
in much the same way as the World Wide Web and Internet changed the
way we communicate," said John Ellis, a theoretical physicist and
adviser to the director general of CERN."