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GRID-The Next Big Technology after the Internet?

Magazine article Business Credit

GRID-The Next Big Technology after the Internet?

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The Internet as we know it may soon be out of date but Europe will be playing a vital role in setting the standards for future communication, thanks to a 1.45 million euros project funded by the Information Society Technology (IST) Program of the European Union's Framework Program. The GRID is widely seen as a step beyond the Internet, incorporating pervasive high bandwidth, high-speed computing, intelligent sensors and large-scale databases into a seamless pool of managed and brokered resources that will be available to everyone. With project partners in the UK, Germany, France and Poland, GRIDSTART was given the specific objective of consolidating technical advances in Europe, encouraging interaction amongst similar activities both in Europe and the rest of the world and stimulating the early take-up by industry and research of Grid-enabled applications. "Many key businesses are now moving towards 'grid services' and our clear goal is to develop sustainable, effective and universal solutions addressing the needs of science, industry and the public," says Maureen Wilkinson, GRIDSTART project manager. …

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