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Grid Computing for the Masses

ICT Results (02/04/10)

A European research team has developed KnowARC, middleware that enables any computer running any operating system to access grid-based computers.  The KnowARC project, led by the University of Oslo’s Farid Ould-Saada, wants to make grid computing as easily accessible as information is on the Internet.  “Getting access to the grid should be as simple as installing a new browser to get on the Internet,” says Ould-Saada.  “Only then will the survival and expansion of the grid be assured.”  KnowARC is based on Advanced Resource Connector (ARC) middleware, which provides interoperability between computing systems, architectures, and platforms.  Ould-Saada says that ARC has great potential for wide deployment in new domains due to its ease of installation and interoperability.  ARC middleware also is being used in grid computing for medical research, bioinformatics, and geographical data.  “In a matter of years, I hope to see resources and storage being as easy to access remotely as information is on the Internet today,” Ould-Saada says.


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