The Grid 2

The Grid 2

Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure

2nd Edition - November 18, 2003

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  • Editors: Ian Foster, Carl Kesselman
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781558609334
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080521534

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"The Grid is an emerging infrastructure that will fundamentally change the way we think about-and use-computing. The word Grid is used by analogy with the electric power grid, which provides pervasive access to electricity and has had a dramatic impact on human capabilities and society. Many believe that by allowing all components of our information technology infrastructure-computational capabilities, databases, sensors, and people-to be shared flexibly as true collaborative tools the Grid will have a similar transforming effect, allowing new classes of applications to emerge." --From the Preface In 1998, Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman introduced a whole new concept in computing with the first edition of this book. Today there is a broader and deeper understanding of the nature of the opportunities offered by Grid computing and the technologies needed to realize those opportunities. In Grid 2, the editors reveal the revolutionary impact of large-scale resource sharing and virtualization within science and industry, the intimate relationships between organization and resource sharing structures and the new technologies required to enable secure, reliable, and efficient resource sharing on large scale. Foster and Kesselman have once again assembled a team of experts to present an up-to-date view of Grids that reports on real experiences and explains the available technologies and new technologies emerging from labs, companies and standards bodies. Grid 2, like its predecessor, serves as a manifesto, design blueprint, user guide and research agenda for future Grid systems.

Key Features

  • 30 chapters including more than a dozen completely new chapters
  • Web access to 13 unchanged chapters from the first edition
  • Three personal essays by influential thinkers on the significance of Grids from the perspectives of infrastructure, industry, and science
  • A foundational overview of the central Grid concepts and architectural principles
  • Twelve application vignettes showcase working Grids in science, engineering, industry, and commerce
  • Detailed discussions of core architecture and services, data and knowledge management, and higher-level tools
  • Focused presentations on production Grid deployment, computing platforms, peer-to-peer technologies, and network infrastructures
  • Extensive bibliography and glossary


Computing executives and strategists, system designers, technical professionals, academics, graduate students in distributed parallel computing and grid computing

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Perspectives
    1. Grids in Context
    2. The Scientific Imperative
    3. The Industrial Imperative

    Part II: Framework
    4. Concepts and Architecture

    Part III: Applications
    5. Predictive Maintenance: Distributed Aircraft Engine Diagnostics
    6. Distributed Telepresence: The NEESgrid Earthquake Engineering Collaboratory
    7. Scientific Data Federation: The World Wide Telescope
    8. Medical Data Federation: The Biomedical Informatics Research Network
    9. Knowledge Integration: In silico Experiments in Bioinformatics
    10. Distributed Data Analysis: Federated Computing for High Energy Physics
    11. Massively Distributed Computing: Virtual Screening on a Desktop Grid
    12. Enterprise Resource Management: Applications in Research and Industry
    13. Interactivity with Scalability: Infrastructure for Multiplayer Games
    14. Service Virtualization: Infrastructure and Applications
    15. Group-Oriented Collaboration: The Access Grid Collaboration System
    16. Collaborative Science: Astrophysics Requirements and Experiences

    Part IV: Architecture
    17. The Open Grid Services Architecture
    18. Resource and Service Management
    19. Building Reliable Clients and Services
    20. Instrumentation and Monitoring
    21. Security for Virtual Organizations: Federating Trust and Policy Domains

    Part V Data and Knowledge
    22. Data Access, Integration and Management
    23. Enhancing Services and Applications with Knowledge and Semantics

    Part VI: Tools
    24. Application-Level tools
    25. Languages, Compilers, and Runtime System
    26. Application Tuning and Adaptation

    Part VII: Infrastructure
    27. Production Deployment: Experiences and Recommendations
    28. Computing Elements
    29. Peer-to-Peer Technologies
    30. Network Infrastructure
    31. Bibliography

Product details

  • No. of pages: 776
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2003
  • Published: November 18, 2003
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781558609334
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080521534

About the Editors

Ian Foster

Ian Foster is Senior Scientist in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, where he also leads the Distributed Systems Laboratory, and Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. His research concerns techniques, tools, and algorithms for high-performance distributed computing, parallel computing, and computational science. Foster led the research and development of software for the I-WAY wide-area distributed computing experiment, which connected supercomputers, databases, and other high-end resources at 17 sites across North America (a live experiment at the Supercomputing conference of 1995).

Affiliations and Expertise

Argonne National Laboratory

Carl Kesselman

Most recently Carl Kesselman received international recognition for GUSTO, the world’s first high-performance computational grid. GUSTO pushes the technological envelope by using high-speed networks and software to provide global access to advanced supercomputers and other devices.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Southern California

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