Date Added: Jan 2012
Grid computing is all about to create the illusion of a simple yet large and powerful self managing virtual computer out of a large collection of connected heterogeneous systems sharing various combinations of resources. A 'Resource' may be computing power, data storage, analysis/visualization tools, scientific hardware (a spectrometer, telescope and so on) or any other remote resource. The Grid aims to bring all these together - in a virtual sense - allowing large or small scale resource sharing and collaboration. The standardization of communications between heterogeneous systems created the Internet explosion. The uniformity for sharing resources, along with the availability of higher bandwidth, are driving a possibly equally large evolutionary step in grid computing.