The German government will officially launch D-Grid, an initiative to promote a grid-based communication framework for scientific research in Germany, at the Global Grid Forum in Berlin.
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D-Grid has been under discussion since February 2003, as part of a planned transformation of Germany's scientific research establishment to one based on "e-science".
The aim of the e-science transformation is to use IT to enable collaborative research by virtual, or geographically dispersed teams, according to researchers involved.
The role of D-Grid in this is to create a durable grid computing infrastructure; to develop grid computing middleware; to establish information-sharing networks for e-Science, and to establish e-Science pilot projects.
Research centres behind the D-Grid project include the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, the Leibniz Rechenzentrum in Munich, the Alfred Wegener Institut in Bremerhaven, and the Zuse Institute Berlin. Companies including IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Cray have also been involved.
Initial D-Grid participants will come from six scientific fields: astrophysics and particle physics; computational science and engineering; medicine and bio-IT; climate research and earth sciences; high-performance computing; and science publishing.
Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service