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03/21/06 Sun Grid to launch this week - CNET
"The "on-demand supercomputer" will be housed at, Schwartz said Monday on his blog. It will let people in the United States use servers with either Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron or Sun UltraSparc processors. Sun will have 5,000 chips available for use at $1 per hour each when the service launches "later this week," he said. "

Sam Walton Taught Google More About How to Dominate the Internet Than Microsoft Ever Did
"Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the most storage, memory and power support into a 20- or 40-foot box. We're talking about 5000 Opteron processors and 3.5 petabytes of disk storage that can be dropped-off overnight by a tractor-trailer rig. The idea is to plant one of these puppies anywhere Google owns access to fiber, basically turning the entire Internet into a giant processing and storage grid"

Grid showcase tries to drive adoption in Asia - CNET
"Grid computing describes the ways to make several machines work together to efficiently tackle computing jobs. The main benefit of grids is to allow multiple applications to share otherwise separate or spare resources by assigning priorities. According to a report last year from market researcher IDC, the global grid market will be worth about $12 billion by 2007. "

Grid Standards Groups Weigh Merger - Grid Computing Planet
"The Global Grid Forum (GGF) and Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA) are in discussions that could lead to a merger of the two organizations, GGF Chair Mark Linesch said in an announcement late last week."

The Grid: The Next-Gen Internet? - Wired
"The Grid evolved from the early desire to connect supercomputers into "metacomputers" that could be remotely controlled. The word "grid" was borrowed from the electricity grid, to imply that any compatible device could be plugged in anywhere on the Grid and be guaranteed a certain level of resources, regardless of where those resources might come from."
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