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GridComputingPlanet: IBM Says Its Grid Services Contributions Will Be Royalty-Free

Oct 15, 2002, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Shread)

"The Open Grid Services Architecture vision for the convergence of Web services and Grid computing received a big boost today when IBM announced that its contributions to the effort will be royalty-free.

"'IBM is pleased to announce that any essential patent claims, held by IBM, that are necessary to implement the 'Grid Services Specification' document submitted to the Global Grid Forum, will be licensed on a royalty-free basis,' IBM Grid Computing General Manager Tom Hawk wrote in a letter to Charlie Catlett, chair of the standard-setting Global Grid Forum.

"'The 'Grid Services Specification' is built upon both Grid and Web Services technologies, referred to as the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA),' Hawk wrote. 'Like Web Services and XML before it, this foundational Grid work will be an essential part of the Web and network infrastructure for businesses, as well as for governments and scientific institutions...'"

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