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Grid 2
By Ian Foster

The Grid 2

Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure 2nd Revised edition

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Grid 2 by Ian Foster

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'The Grid is an emerging infrastructure that will fundamentally change the way we think about-and use-computing. The word Grid is used by analogy with the electric power grid, which provides pervasive access to electricity and has had a dramatic impact on human capabilities and society. Many believe that by allowing all components of our information technology infrastructure-computational capabilities, databases, sensors, and people-to be shared flexibly as true collaborative tools the Grid will have a similar transforming effect, allowing new classes of applications to emerge.' - From the Preface. In 1998, Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman introduced a whole new concept in computing with the first edition of this book. Today, there is a broader and deeper understanding of the nature of the opportunities offered by Grid computing and the technologies needed to realize those opportunities. In "Grid 2", the editors reveal the revolutionary impact of large-scale resource sharing and virtualization within science and industry, the intimate relationships between organization and resource sharing structures and the new technologies required to enable secure, reliable, and efficient resource sharing on large scale. Foster and Kesselman have once again assembled a team of experts to present an up-to-date view of Grids that reports on real experiences and explains the available technologies and new technologies emerging from labs, companies and standards bodies. "Grid 2", like its predecessor, serves as a manifesto, design blueprint, user guide and research agenda for future Grid systems. There are 30 chapters including more than a dozen completely new chapters. There is web access to 13 unchanged chapters from the first edition. Three personal essays are by influential thinkers on the significance of Grids from the perspectives of infrastructure, industry, and science. There is a foundational overview of the central Grid concepts and architectural principles. Twelve application vignettes showcase working Grids in science, engineering, industry, and commerce. There are detailed discussions of core architecture and services, data and knowledge management, and higher-level tools. There are focused presentations on production Grid deployment, computing platforms, peer-to-peer technologies, and network infrastructures. There is extensive bibliography and glossary.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781558609334
ISBN-10: 1558609334
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 187mm x 44mm)
Pages: 748
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Publish Date: 2-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ian Foster

Ian Foster is Senior Scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, where he also leads the Distributed Systems Laboratory, and Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. His research concerns techniques, tools, and algorithms for high-performance distributed computing, parallel computing, and computational science. Foster led the research and development of software for the I-WAY wide-area distributed computing experiment, which connected supercomputers, databases, and other high-end resources at 17 sites across North America (a live experiment at the Supercomputing conference of 1995). Most recently Carl Kesselman received international recognition for GUSTO, the world's first high-performance computational grid. GUSTO pushes the technological envelope by using high-speed networks and software to provide global access to advanced supercomputers and other devices.

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