The “Grid”

You’ve read about it and might have even heard some talk about it - the Grid. So you want to know what it is and why it matters? We can help. It was a TV miniseries, but the “Grid” we’re referring to here has to do with a distributed computational resource. Ian Foster provided a nice description back in 2002 called What is the Grid? A Three Point Checklist. For an even more comprehensive explanation of the Grid, visit NCSA’s What is the Grid? website, where a Who’s Who of the high performance computing community answer many pivotal questions regarding the Grid and its use.

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