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On Speed Racer and the High-Performance Computing Market

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When I was a kid, I loved Speed Racer, the cartoon series just recently brought to the big screen by the Wachowski brothers. The thing I remember most about the cartoon was its extremely liberal use of the word "chasm"–that simply wasn’t a word you heard very often growing up in New York City.

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Cloud computing behind the firewall

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Yesterday, in the cloud computing Google Group, James Urquhart posed a question that had been on my mind as well:

– If "grid computing" is about running job-based tasks in a MPP model (e.g. HPC)…

– If "utility computing" is a business model for providing computing on an as-needed, bill-for-what-you-use basis…

– If "cloud computing" is a market model describing services provided over the Internet…

– If "virtualization" describes providing software layers in the execution stack…

Then, what do we call the systems/infrastructure model where resources are pooled together, and used for a variety of workloads.

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Is grid relevant? Modern grid computing and today’s enterprise.

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For many, the phrase "grid" continues to carry the baggage of first generation grid computing, which was marked by complexity, rigidity and worst of all a lack of relevance for the vast majority of problems faced by mainstream businesses.  This is certainly no longer the case with grid-based application platforms like Appistry EAF, which are easier to use, flexible and built to support service-oriented and transactional applications–the bread and butter of modern IT–in addition to those with a CPU-intensive nature.

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