"Beyond all the battles between Linux and Microsoft on the
desktop, Linux has already made its bones in business. IBM has
invested over US$1 billion in Linux technologies, while Sun,
Compaq, and HP have all made Linux a key part of their business
"One of the hottest areas of computing that Linux plays in has
come to be called 'grid computing.' We used to call this variously
'supercomputing,' 'high-performance computing,' 'distributed
computing' and 'peer-to-peer networking (P2P).'
"All of this terminology was apparently causing too much
confusion in the marketplace, so the marketing-powers-that-be came
up with the term 'grid computing' as a catchall marketing term.
It's used to describe all of the various mechanisms that allow
massive numbers of computers and almost unimaginable computing
power to be applied to problems ranging from drug discovery and
weather-modeling to SETI@home and computer-generated
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