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Grid Computing: Practical Guide To Technology & Applications (Charles River Media Networking/Security) Paperback – December 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Charles River Media Networking/Security
  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Media; 1 edition (December 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584502762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584502760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,753,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ahmar Abbas (South Hadley, MA) is the founder and managing director of Grid Technology Partners, a market research and consulting firm focused on global grid computing technologies. He is the author of The Global Grid Computing Report 2002 - Technology and Market Assessment.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 13, 2004
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The interest in grid computing has increased dramatically in scientific circles in the last decade, due in part to the need for high performance scientific computing and the availability of operating systems that make the deployment of distributed computing more painless for the scientific investigator. With the exception of financial firms, grid computing has not made inroads into the business community. Private industry has expressed concerns about the security of grid computing and various psychological barriers have prohibited it from being incorporated even in business LAN environments. This book gives a fairly comprehensive overview of grid computing for those interested in obtaining knowledge as to its efficacy in high performance computing or for those who are investigating whether it can indeed be practical for business. It is readily apparent that the author wants private industry to take grid computing more seriously, and he gives ample discussion of just how this could be done.

Part of this discussion involves the relation between Web services and grid computing. Those readers who deal with Web services would expect a connection between grid computing and Web services, and the `Open Grid Services Architecture', spearheaded by IBM and the Globus team, is an attempt to unify the two. The author points out the main difference between the two architectures, namely that Web services support "persistent" services while grid architectures must also support "transient" services, such as video conferencing. Web services is in place in many different industries at the present time, but it remains to be seen whether it will remain so in years to come, due in part to the conflicts between the different standardization efforts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on January 20, 2005
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The newest, highest performance PC's are more powerful than the biggest supercomputers of the early 1990's. But with the higher computational capacity the bigger the tasks assigned to be computed. Note that these are not your typical business applications. The biggest computational tasks today lie in four areas: atomic energy research, weather prediction, cryptography and bioinformatics.

Some of these tasks lend themselves well to being split up amongst a bunch of computers. Cryptography, as an example lends itself well to taking a message and assigning each computer to attack the message with a different key. The processing is independent of the results from other computers attacking the message. What one computer could do eventually, 30,000 or 3 million can do just that much faster.

This book is obviously on using a collection of computers, not necessarily co-located to handle such complex computing tasks. A full time practitioner writes it with collaboration from leaders in the field.
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