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– The Next Big Technology After The Internet?
Internet as we know it may soon be out of date but Europe will be
playing a vital role in setting the standards for future communication,
thanks to a €1.45
million project funded by the Information Society Technology (IST)
Programme of the European Union’s Framework Programme.
GRID is widely seen as a step beyond the Internet, incorporating
pervasive high bandwidth, high-speed computing, intelligent sensors and
large-scale databases into a seamless pool of managed and brokered
resources that will be available to everyone.
project partners in the UK, Germany, France and Poland, GRIDSTART was
given the specific objective of consolidating technical advances in
Europe, encouraging interaction amongst similar activities both in
Europe and the rest of the world and stimulating the early take-up by
industry and research of Grid-enabled applications.
GRID is much more than just a high-speed Internet” says Maureen
Wilkinson, GRIDSTART project manager. “Major information technology
vendors such as IBM, Sun and Microsoft are looking to build on
high-speed networking to offer grid services - a complete new set of
network services designed to take advantage of the higher bandwidths
such infrastructures offer.
key businesses are now moving towards ‘grid services’ and our clear
goal is to develop sustainable, effective and universal solutions
addressing the needs of science, industry and the public.
potential benefits and social impact of the GRID are so great, that it
is imperative to involve industry and the service-provision community at
an early stage to ensure that the European economy and society can take
full advantage of this revolution. “The
initiative brings together technologists, scientists and industry in a
multi-disciplinary approach to developing the GRID infrastructure.
of GRIDSTART is to maximise the impact of EU-funded Grid and related
activities through the clustering of the currently funded projects and
thereby enhance the potential of the new Grid technologies to benefit
the people of the European Union.”
Walters, UK National Contact Point for IST within the EU's 6th Framework
the grant has been wisely used, saying: “It is vital we e
GRIDSTART project will consolidate technical developments and
interaction between projects, act as a focused voice in the development
of international standards and disseminate European Grid developments to
a wide European audience.”