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Issue 80: iSGTW 25 June 2008

Grid computing walks the standard line: thinking inside the box

“Standard” is often equated with “average” or “boring.” How can you innovate or invent when you’re bound by standards and regulations? How can you push the boundaries when you’re stuck inside a box?

Yet how can you create something on a grand scale—something that can slot into place with other grand things—unless you create something interoperable. Something . . . standard.

In this special feature, we delve into this easily overlooked aspect of grid computing.

In 1850s Australia, budding railroad tycoons began laying train tracks across the continent. Each team of financiers, surveyers and civil engineers adopted their own preferred system, independent of the others.

The result?

Australia developed horribly incompatible train lines—some had 4 feet 8 1/2 inches between the parallel rails of steel, some had 2 feet between them, some had 3 feet 6 inches . . .

By 1917, you needed to change trains six (!) times to get from Brisbane on the east coast to Perth on the west . . .

Will the same incompatibilities be true of data on a computing grid?

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 Readers talk back

Find out what people from institutions as diverse as e-Bay and OGF have to say about the need for standards. (Followup to our special feature story this week on the roles of interoperability and standardization, by former iSGTW editor Cristy Burne.) 

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 GEMS - Girls Engaged in Math and Science
GEMS program was created in 1994 through a partnership of the Champaign Community Unit School District and NCSA to encourage local girls to consider mathematics and science-oriented careers. Recently, GEMS has turned its focus to astronomy . . . 

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Link of the week
This week’s Link of the Week is a secret. So secret, in fact, that we’re not even sure what its real website address is.

Sure, you’ve heard of Wikipedia, the site where users can upload and download information from any remote location, adding to the body of knowledge about almost any given topic.

But have you heard of . . . Intellipedia?

Don’t be surprised, we never did either.


Image of the week

Behind the scenes at OGF23

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PRACE announces third Tier-0 machine

iRODS 2011 User Group Meeting

Jobs in distributed computing


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December 2010

13-18, AGU Fall Meeting

14-16, UCC 2010

17, ICETI 2011 and ICSIT 2011

24, Abstract Submission deadline, EGI User Forum


January 2011

11, HPCS 2011 Submission Deadline

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22, ALENEX11

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