GRIDs are both a new and an old concept. Many of the components have been the subject of R&D and some exist as commercial products. The GRIDs concept represents many different things to different people: metacomputing, distributed computing, advanced networking, distributed database, information retrieval, digital libraries, hypermedia, cooperative working, knowledge management, advanced user interfaces, mobile and pervasive computing and many others. More importantly, end-users see the GRIDs technology as a means to an end - to improve quality, speed of working and cooperation in their field. GRIDs will deliver the required information in an appropriate form to the right place in a timely fashion. The novelty of GRIDs lies in the information systems engineering required in generating missing components and putting the components together. Ambient computing provides new possibilities in connectivity of a person (with or without sensors or data detectors) to a GRIDs environment allowing previously unimaginable possibilities in information delivery, data collection, command and control, cooperative working, communications, learning and entertainment.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. [FoKe98]
    I Foster and C Kesselman (Eds). The Grid: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure. Morgan-Kauffman 1998Google Scholar
  2. [Je00]
    K G Jeffery. ‘Metadata’ in Brinkkemper, J; Lindencrona, E; Solvberg, A: “Information Systems Engineering” Springer Verlag, London 2000. ISBN 1-85233-317-0.Google Scholar
  3. [JeHuKaWiBeMa94]
    K G Jeffery, E K Hutchinson, J R Kalmus, M D Wilson, W Behrendt, C A Macnee, ‘A Model for Heterogeneous Distributed Databases’ Proceedings BNCOD12 July 1994; LNCS 826 pp. 221–234 Springer-Verlag 1994Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith G. Jeffery
    • 1
  1. 1.CLRC Rutherford Appleton LaboratoryOxfordshireUK

Personalised recommendations