Grid Networks - Enabling Grids with Advanced Communication Technology
Networks are central to scaling Grids across distances and thus realize the potential of this new exciting season in distributed computing. The OGF Infrastructure co-Area Director Franco Travostino has co-produced the book "Grid Networks - Enabling Grids with Advanced Communication Technology" (Wiley, July 2006), with Joe Mambretti, Gigi Karmous-Edwards and a cast of over 30 renowned experts in infrastructure and applications. The authors cover a breadth of topics from the Grid Computing and networking disciplines, featuring both theoretical concepts and empirical results. Beginning with an overview of Grid technologies, an analysis of distinguishing use cases and architectural attributes, and emerging standards, Travostino et al. discuss new directions in multiple networking technologies that are enabling enhanced capabilities for Grids. An appendix also provides an overview of experimental research test-beds and prototype implementations.
Different Faces of IT as Service
Ian Foster and Steven Tuecke's article from the Enterprise
Distributed Computing issue of ACM Queue (Vol. 3, No. 6 -
July/August 2005) provides background about the IT transformation
from vertically integrated silos to horizontally integrated,
service-oriented systems. It also emphasizes the relationships
and defines commonly-used IT words such as grid, on-demand
and service-oriented architecture, that have established the
well-known grid vocabulary.
Q&A: Enterprise Grid Alliance Addresses Obstacles
In this 10/05 SearchDataCenter.com Q&A article, Paul Strong, chairman of the EGA technical steering committee and systems architect at Sun, cuts through the grid computing hype and offers IT pros one or two practical ways to solve problems.