August 3, 2001
In your future: Computing power on demand
Author: JT Smith
Kelly McNeill writes: "If scientists and researchers at the Globus project have their way, the heart of future computing power might look no more exotic than your present-day electric company's local power grid. But bigger. Much bigger. "Grid computing," the next big thing in global Internet technology, involves linking networks run by clusters of powerful servers that can be tapped into by those needing computing power. In other words, if you need some computing power, you will simply log on to your PC or use your telephone to order it. "You'll get computing power and storage capacity -- not from your own computer but over the Internet on demand," said IBM research executive Irving Wladawsky-Berger. "You pay for what you use, pretty much the way you do with electric power."