What is Grid Computing?

Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 17:30
TH 331
Dan Gunter , Lawrence Berkeley National Labs

Grid computing is a hot topic in distributed computing today. IBM, Sun, HP, the Department of Energy, and many universities worldwide are all working on developing "Grids". Articles have appeared in Scientific American, the New York Times, and PC Magazine, explaining what Grids are and why they are the future for distributed computing. This talk will answer the question: What exactly is Grid computing, what is the difference between a "Grid" and a "cluster", and why are SETI@HOME and Kazaa not Grids?


Dan Gunter graduated from SFSU in 1999 with a M.S. in Computer Science. Since then, he has worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a Department of Energy laboratory run by the University of California, in the Data Intensive Distributed Computing group. His areas of research include distributed monitoring, high-speed networking, and Grid computing.