Reading a Web page, typing a document or analyzing a spreadsheet is not very taxing for your average Pentium-based box. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could pool all that horsepower and make it available as a shared network resource to power-hungry applications?
A group of researchers is working on a way to do just that, albeit on a grander scale. Re-searchers from the University of Southern California...demonstrated at Supercomputing 97 (SC97), in San Jose, Calif. last week, a computational grid that used about 3,000 processors in the U.S. and Europe.
The Globus Ubiquitous Supercomputing Testbed (GUSTO) is intended to show how a collection of computers can be strung together across a network to operate like a power grid supplying a neighborhood with electricity.
—Andy Eddy, “Computational grid taps network power,” Network World, December 1, 1997
—Bill Sanderson, “Web Whizzes Creating Networks Out of Thin Air,” The New York Post, March 12, 2000
—Robert Ward, “Hearing Of The Science, Technology And Space Subcommittee Of The Senate Commerce, Science And Transportation Committee; Subject: Next Generation Internet,” Federal News Service, November 4, 1997