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Grid computing products

There are many Grid computing products in the market, but we will focus on only few selective products considered to be among leaders in Grid Computing Arena.

 IBM Grid Toolbox (Globus)

The IBM Grid Toolbox is a package available from IBM that includes the Globus Toolkit. Also included in the package is additional documentation and custom installation scripts written for IBM hardware running Linux and AIX. These install scripts include the installp images for AIX and RPMs for Linux.

The Globus Toolkit is an open source software with development being led by Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Southern California, and the University of Chicago. There are three main components in the Globus Toolkit:

Resource management (GRAM)
Information services (MDS)
Data management (GridFTP)


Avaki is a privately held software vendor located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Avaki offers a grid platform, which supplies both a computational and a data grid. Avaki 2.5 is supported on Windows NT/2000, Linux, Tru64, AIX, Solaris, and IRIX.

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DataSynapse is a privately held software vendor located in New York, New York. They supply a CPU scavenging platform known as LiveCluster. LiveCluster is supported on Windows, Linux, and Solaris.

The Server is responsible for system administration and scheduling. There is a Web console interface to the server that allows for performing system administration remotely. Engines can be installed on either desktops or dedicated servers. When an engine determines that a system is idle, it will request a job from the server. If an engine is interrupted by the desktop user while working on a job, it will suspend the job and the server will restart it on another engine. This way, the desktop user’s work is not affected.

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Entropia is a grid computing vendor located in San Diego, California. Entropia’s product, DCGrid, provides a means to scavenge CPU cycles from existing Windows desktops in an enterprise. There are three main components in DCGrid: the DCGrid Clients, DCGrid Manager, and the DCGrid Scheduler. The DCGrid client is installed on all of the desired desktops in an enterprise. This client piece runs unobtrusively on the desktop, so the desktop user’s normal work is not affected.

DCGrid supports any Win32 application and requires no alterations to the source code. However, not all types of applications are well suited for the DCGrid platform. Applications must exhibit certain characteristics to benefit from being run through DCGrid. Applications that are CPU intensive and highly parallel are good candidates for the platform. Serial applications and MPI applications are not good candidates for the DCGrid platform.

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