The Semantic Grid: Requirements, Infrastructure and Methodology

  • Kashif Iqbal
  • Stefan Decker
  • Mark Baker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3947)


The Grid offers a number of advantages for undertaking computation, information processing, and collaboration, which can be applied to both science and industry. In this paper, we will discuss where Semantic Web technology can augment grid technology to help bring it to its full potential; especially with applications in e-Science, e-Research, and e-Business. The proposed marriage between Semantic Web and the Grid is known as Semantic Grid. The Semantic Grid is an extension of the current grid in which information and services are given well-defined meaning, enabling computers and people to work together for efficiently and effectively. The Semantic Grid vision is not new, but what we focus on in this paper are the areas where Semantic Web technologies can supplement grid technologies. In particular the key components for a Semantic Grid infrastructure and a methodology to realize this infrastructure by describing the state of the art of the most relevant technologies.


Resource Description Framework Grid Resource Grid Application Grid Technology Abstract State Machine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kashif Iqbal
    • 1
  • Stefan Decker
    • 1
  • Mark Baker
    • 2
  1. 1.Digital Enterprise Research InstituteNational University of IrelandGalwayRepublic of Ireland
  2. 2.Advanced Computing and Emerging Technologies (ACET) CentreThe University of ReadingUK

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