Grid Computing: Infrastructure, Service, and Applications

Lizhe Wang, Wei Jie, Jinjun Chen

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April 16, 2009 by CRC Press
Handbook - 528 Pages - 189 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420067668 - CAT# 67664

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Features

  • Reflects the recent advances of grid computing since 2003
  • Covers important research aspects of grid computing such as philosophy, middleware, architecture, services, and applications
  • Provides technical details to demonstrate how grid computing works in the real world, including the ChinaGrid project and an Australian workflow enactment engine
  • Contains a large number of references and technical reports
  • Includes contributions from experts around the world

Summary

Identifies Recent Technological Developments Worldwide

The field of grid computing has made rapid progress in the past few years, evolving and developing in almost all areas, including concepts, philosophy, methodology, and usages. Grid Computing: Infrastructure, Service, and Applications reflects the recent advances in this field, covering the research aspects that involve infrastructure, middleware, architecture, services, and applications.

Grid Systems Across the Globe

The first section of the book focuses on infrastructure and middleware and presents several national and international grid systems. The text highlights China Research and Development environment Over Wide-area Network (CROWN), several ongoing cyberinfrastructure efforts in New York State, and Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE), which is co-funded by the European Commission and the world’s largest multidisciplinary grid infrastructure today.

The second part of the book discusses recent grid service advances. The authors examine the UK National Grid Service (NGS), the concept of resource allocation in a grid environment, OMIIBPEL, and the possibility of treating scientific workflow issues using techniques from the data stream community. The book describes an SLA model, reviews portal and workflow technologies, presents an overview of PKIs and their limitations, and introduces PIndex, a peer-to-peer model for grid information services.

New Projects and Initiatives

The third section includes an analysis of innovative grid applications. Topics covered include the WISDOM initiative, incorporating flow-level networking models into grid simulators, system-level virtualization, grid usage in the high-energy physics environment in the LHC project, and the Service Oriented HLA RTI (SOHR) framework.

With a comprehensive summary of past advances, this text is a window into the future of this nascent technology, forging a path for the next generation of cyberinfrastructure developers.