Making Grids Real: Standards and Sociology
Grid technologies attempt to answer several fundamental needs. Complex applications often require resources (instruments, computers, information...) that exist in multiple locations under the administration of multiple organizations. Grid technology attempts to address the combining of these resources to fulfill the needs of these advanced applications. However, there is a second fundamental need that Grid technology aims to meet-providing for these organizations to work together without loss of autonomy or security. Because effective Grid systems require software and information technology from multiple sources, standards are essential. Because Grid systems require resources from multiple organizations, careful process and sociology structures are necessary. These include process, policy, and organizational incentives. Catlett will talk about lessons learned as Chair of Global Grid Forum and as Executive Director of the US National Science Foundation’s TeraGrid project in these areas.