Sun Microsystems has introduced a variety of incentives to encourage developers to add applications to its Sun Grid service.
The Sun Grid was launched last year to offer large firms the opportunity of remotely processing large amounts of data on a powerful server network.
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This year, the grid was opened up to smaller organisations and individuals, who can pay for access with a credit card.
To encourage further grid development, Sun is offering developers 100 free CPU grid hours along with other incentives.
These include a competition to win cash prizes in return for developing innovative applications.
To get the free CPU hours, developers first have to join Sun's Grid developer community, which is an online resource that provides access to development tools and sample applications.
Sun is also offering private project space on the grid for independent software vendors (ISVs), to help them develop and port their applications to the grid.