Academics in UK lead on grid IT

The UK is leading developments in grid computing, experts gathered at the Global Grid Forum in Edinburgh said this week.

The UK is leading developments in grid computing, experts gathered at the Global Grid Forum in Edinburgh said this week.

Grid computing, where organisations link networks in order to share computing power, is popular in academic organisations.

Tony Hey, head of the Government's e-Science core programme, which is promoting grid technology in the UK, said, "We have a very good network - Super Janet - and Europe's biggest supercomputer. We are well-placed to play a major role in the development of grid computing."

While the key moves are being made in science and academia, Hey predicted that grid computing would be in the commercial and business space in a year, allowing interoperability and enterprise application integration.

John Taylor, director general of the research councils, said the UK was well placed to reap the benefits of grid computing.

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