Concepts and Technologies for a Worldwide Grid Infrastructure

  • Alexander Reinefeld
  • Florian Schintke
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2400)


Grid computing got much attention lately—not only from the academic world, but also from industry and business. But what remains when the dust of the many press articles has settled? We try to answer this question by investigating the concepts and techniques grids are based on. We distinguish three kinds of grids: the HTML-based Information Grid, the contemporary Resource Grid, and the newly evolving Service Grid.

We show that grid computing is not just another hype, but has the potential to open new perspectives for the co-operative use of distributed resources. Grid computing is on the right way to solve a key problem in our distributed computing world: the discovery and coordinated use of distributed services that may be implemented by volatile, dynamic local resources.


Resource Description Framework Resource Grid Simple Object Access Protocol Information Grid Open Grid Service Architecture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Reinefeld
    • 1
  • Florian Schintke
    • 1
  1. 1.Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB)Germany

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