UppLYSning 17/10 (MONDAY) The reality of delivering grid computing to the "real" world

Kent Engström kent at lysator.liu.se
Wed Oct 12 22:41:30 CEST 2005

17/10: The reality of delivering grid computing to the "real" world
With John Easton, IBM

Monday October 17, 2005, 19:00 - 21:00. Location: Visionen, House B,
Campus Valla.

For most organisations, grid computing is a poorly understood concept
meaning different things to different people. For some it is all about
supercomputing. For others, it is about scavenging space cycles from
desktop PCs. Still others believe the grid is synonymous with utility
computing. Who is right? Who is wrong? Does it really matter?

With a wide range of companies adopting grid computing as a key part
of their IT strategies, the answer is unfortunately that it
does. There is a lot of hype and many false promises surrounding grid
computing. Some organisations who have tried it have been disappointed
by the results because they have not understood what it really can and
cannot do. Compare this with those organisations whose understanding
and the resulting implementations make it a "game changing" technology
for them.

In this session we will look at a range of systems implemented by a
range of different organisations. All of them are classified as
"grids", yet as we will see, they are all very different from one
another. What are the things that all of these systems have in common,
and what can we learn from them to better understand the applicability
of grid computing to the "real world"?

John Easton has worked for IBM for 18 years in a variety of UNIX
technical roles. He worked in Distributed Filesystems development in
Austin during the development of the RS/6000 and holds several patents
pertaining to security and distributed systems. Since 2002, he has
been part of IBM's Grid Computing organization and the senior grid
architect for EMEA. He is responsible for designing and implementing
grid solutions for major companies across Europe.

This talk is presented in cooperation with NSC:s 6th Annual Workshop
on Linux Clusters for Super Computing. Please visit their web page if
you want to attend the workshop.

UppLYSning is arranged by Lysator in cooperation with the Department
of Computer and Information Science, the Department of Electrical
Engineering and UNIT. See www.lysator.liu.se/upplysning for more


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