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Grid computing standards group formed

The Global Grid Forum has accepted a working group charged with developing a specification that will enable applications to communicate with grid computing environments.

The working group, called Distributed Resource Management Application API (DRMAA and pronounced "drama"), will meet for the first time at the Global Grid Forum in Toronto.

DRMAA comprises of major hardware and software players, such as Intel, Sun Microsystems and IBM, and grid computing specialist Platform Computing.

"Our objective is to make it easier for application builders to connect their applications to grids," said John Tollefsrud, co-chair of the working group and a product manager for grid computing at Sun.

Tollefsrud said that the working group will enable applications to be deployed within grids and make it easier for grids to be created on a widespread basis.

DRMAA hopes to have a draft specification ready by the middle of the year.

The notion of grid computing has been garnering an increasing amount of attention from major hardware and software vendors. Sun Microsystems has already unveiled the Technical Compute Portal, a combination of iPlanet, Sun's Grid Engine and Sun Open Network Environment (ONE) technologies that the company said enables customers to build grid infrastructures.

Compaq and IBM have also made moves towards grid computing.

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