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developerWorks: Introduction of a Grid Architecture and Toolkit for Building Grid Solutions

Nov 06, 2002, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Liang-Jie Zhang, Jen-Yao Chung, Qun Zhou)

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"Many developers think that the Grid could redefine the nature of computing just like the Internet reshaped the way people communicate. The Grid could also change the way people from different organizations and locations work together to solve a specific problem like design collaboration. This is a typical dynamic resource sharing and information exchange. The Grid computing platform allows resource discovery, data management, scheduling of online resources, and security in a distributed environment.

"The driving force behind Grid technology standardization is the Global Grid Forum (GGF, see Resources). The integration of Grid and Web services is technically complicated, but natural. The GGF is a community-initiated forum of individual researchers and practitioners who work on distributed computing, or "grid" technologies. GGF is the result of a merger of the Grid Forum, the eGrid European Grid Forum, and the Grid community in the Asia Pacific. GGF efforts are also aimed at the development of a broadly based Integrated Grid Architecture that can serve to guide the research, development, and deployment activities of the emerging Grid communities. The Open Grid Service Interface Working Group of the GGF is defining the Open Grid Services Architecture (OGSA).

"OGSA is a distributed interaction and computing architecture based around the Grid service to assure interoperability on heterogeneous systems so that different types of systems can communicate and share information. It leverages the emerging Web services to define the Web Services Definition Language (WSDL, see Resources) interfaces. All services adhere to specified Grid service interfaces and behaviors..."

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