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ZDNet UK: Grid Software Gets Business Connection

Jan 16, 2003, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Programmers writing the software underpinnings for 'grid' supercomputing software have begun an overhaul to make the software more business-friendly.

"Developers of the Globus Toolkit program--open-source software used to link groups of servers and storage systems into a single pool of computing power--have released an alpha version of their software that incorporates Web services technology, the group said Monday. Web services are a host of technologies sweeping the computing industry, standardising next-generation Internet processes such as advertising what capabilities a computer has or governing who has permission to use a certain computers on the network.

"The Globus Toolkit has used its own standards, but developers are moving to Web services standards so the software will more easily integrate with business computing infrastructure, said Ian Foster, one of the three lead developers behind the toolkit..."

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