The Journal of Supercomputing

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 3–17 | Cite as

Defining the grid: a snapshot on the current view

  • Heinz StockingerEmail author


The term “Grid” was introduced in early 1998 with the launch of the book “The Grid. Blueprint for a new computing infrastructure”. Since that time many technological changes have occurred in both hardware and software. One of the most important ones seems to be the wide acceptance of Web services. Although the basic Grid idea has not changed much in the last decade, many people have different ideas about what a Grid really is. In the following article we report on a survey where we invited many people in the field of Grid computing to give us their current understanding.


Grid computing Service oriented architecture Web services Standards Survey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (Vital-IT Group)Bâtiment GénopodeLausanneSwitzerland

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