Monday, April 7, 2008

So Long Internet! Hello Grid!

Last week, scientists met in Geneva to talk about the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) project, which is a global computing network designed by CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). CERN is the group that created the particle accelerator.

From the CERN website: "The Grid is based on the same idea as the Web, which was invented at CERN in the beginning of the 90s: sharing resources between geographically distributed computers. But whereas the Web simply shares information on the computers, the Grid also shares computing power and storage capacity. This means that scientists can log on to the Grid from their PC, and the work they need to be done will be carried out by many machines across the planet. This allows scientists to carry out very complex calculations quickly and simply.

You can see an animated explanation of the Grid on the GridCafé website, which shows how the Grid works."

Read the entire article about The Grid from CERN.

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