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Linux Journal: The Role of Linux in Grid Computing

Jan 30, 2004, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aseem Deshpande)

"Today, applications are developed to be geared toward a specific platform or hosting environment, for example Linux, Windows 2000, various UNIX flavors, mainframes, J2EE, Microsoft .NET and so on. Such computing tends to operate within a monolithic framework in which applications contend for resources as and when they're made available for that single platform. For a platform with limited resources, the resource availability starts decreasing as the demand for service grows. At such a time, if resources from other systems could be used or, in turn, the requirements could be serviced by resources from other systems, the strain on the native system would reduce considerably and the quality of service being offered would improve.

"It is this objective that grid computing wants to meet. The objective of grid-based computing is to virtualize, manage and allocate distributed physical resources (processing power, memory, storage, networking) to applications and users on an as-needed (on-demand) basis--regardless of the resources' location. Grid networks transcend physical components, organizational units, enterprise infrastructure and geographic boundaries. Naturally, software plays a vital role in determining the success of grid computing. In this article, we focus on the role of Linux in grid computing..."

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