European Commission donates £35m to grid computing

The European Commission has made a £35.4m grant towards 12 projects designed to bring grid networked computing "out of research...

The European Commission has made a £35.4m grant towards 12 projects designed to bring grid networked computing "out of research labs and into industry".

The payment follows an initial £22m grant made in April "to create a service grid infrastructure across Europe and potentially internationally for scientific research", the EC said.

Grid technology allows organisations to concentrate computing power by linking clusters of networked computers.

This latest phase of EC support will bring together dozens of universities, research institutes and large and small companies from across Europe "to muster the critical mass of expertise and resources necessary to trigger change", the EC said.

The projects will focus on the development of underlying technologies and interoperability standards and also the enabling technologies needed for real-world applications, such as modelling, simulation, data mining and collaborative working tools.

Core EC's grid computing projects

  • Simadat: A project to develop generic technologies for the automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries
  • Nextgrid: Will deliver a new grid architecture tailored to business and industry requirements by the end of the decade
  • Akogrimo: Will build on Europe's strengths in mobile communications and the next-generation network protocol IPv6
  • Coregrid: Existing grid research communities will be brought together under virtual "centres of excellence" and joint research programmes.

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