Thursday
Mar032005

Ending the Grid Lock

A reasonably accurate, reasonably thought out piece in the Technology Review regarding the Globus Consortium (www.globusconsortium.org).

The continuing march of grid computing recently received a nudge forward when a consortium of big name IT companies formed a group specifically to promote the use of grids in the business world.

[Ending the Grid Lock]

Saturday
Feb262005

David Brooks: Why Not Here?

This op-ed piece in today's NYT from David Brooks is worth the read.  Whether one subscribes to the full set of objectives (declared and undeclared) of the current administration's efforts in Iraq, there is no denying the "meme" Brooks identifies here.  I find this to be a reason for optimism.

Thomas Kuhn famously argued that science advances not gradually but in jolts, through a series of raw and jagged paradigm shifts. Somebody sees a problem differently, and suddenly everybody's vantage point changes.

"Why not here?" is a Kuhnian question, and as you open the newspaper these days, you see it flitting around the world like a thought contagion. Wherever it is asked, people seem to feel that the rules have changed. New possibilities have opened up.

The question is being asked now in Lebanon. Walid Jumblatt made his much circulated observation to David Ignatius of The Washington Post: "It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq. I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, eight million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world."

Monday
Jan312005

Slashdot | A Compact Guide To F/OSS Licensing

Believe it or not .... this IS worth a reading.

Those familiar with the O'Reilly product offerings have no doubt seen or purchased one or more their Pocket Reference series. These are not comprehensive references, but rather convenient guides for a specific topic to provide the sort of information one is not likely to have committed to memory, particularly as the trend of having cross-disciplined technologists continues. This book could be considered the analog of such pocket guides for open source and free software licensing. Open source licenses and their legal interpretation, though, easily warrant a "pocket reference" that is a full-sized book of nearly 200 pages.

[Slashdot | A Compact Guide To F/OSS Licensing.]

Sunday
Jan302005

Sun to unveil new Grid group, products

Although the headline refers to a Grid group and products, the article in IDG's utilitycomputing.itworld.com site describes a Utility computing services offer and the group chartered to bring it to market.   

What's most interesting is the reference to their work with EDS and CGI Group to deliver utility computing services.  In order to make that work, the Grid fabric needs to be instrumented quite differently, employing the means to account for usage and audit in support of service level agreements.   If the Sun utility group has made progress there, it will be worth digging into.  The question will be whether it's progress that can be used by organizations other than Sun and its direct customers.

The unit has been quietly working since late 2004 to develop a new line of grid-based services. The first of these products, expected to be unveiled next Tuesday, will include a new storage grid product as well as an expanded version of the company's N1 Pay-Per-Use Grid Computing service, which Sun will begin offering on a widespread commercial basis.

The new group is headed by Robert Youngjohns, who already serves as the executive vice president of Strategic Development and Sun Financing. Also referred to as the utility computing group, it was formed several months ago, but next week's announcements will mark its public unveiling, according to Sun.

utilitycomputing.itworld.com - Sun to unveil new Grid group, products.

Sunday
Jan302005

Using automation effectively within a grid infrastructure

Matt Haynos, IBM's Program Director for Grid Marketing and Strategy, has a good overview piece that brings into focus several of the most important value propositions of grid computing. 

Automation and grid computing consume lots of mindshare in the IT marketplace. Two of their hottest topics are provisioning and orchestration, which concern the loading of necessary software, workflow automation of administration tasks, and resource allocation. In other words, the how and why of dynamic resource allocation. In this article, we'll discover how automation and grid computing can use these facilities to enable more robust grid and on demand systems.

Link: Perspectives on grid: Using automation effectively within a grid infrastructure.