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Friday, June 30, 2006

Grid is the future of computing

Remember Gordon Moore´s law? "The power of computer chips components doubles every 2 years." Moore came up with this statement when a co-founder and top technologist at Fairchield. Three years later, he founded the Intel some of us have Inside.

Many thought died this assertion. It probably is...But IBM went beyond the obvious and just successfully tested a 500Ghz transistor circuit. Not bad, uh?

Unfortunately, for every Hertz of power produced, another Hertz is used to lower the temperature of the semi-conductor!!! Hence, and as I see it, energy management in electrical and hence computer devices as THE big issue of the upcoming decades; but I might be mistaking. This fact makes Moore´s law all the more unsustainable in the mid run.

However...Do you realize that everytime you leave your computer unattended when in a meeting or so, you´re basically wasting calculation power? Imagine a world in which you would access your applications faster thanks to your colleague being on vacations, or your neighbour having a shower? This technology already exists. Its name is Grid Computing.

Grid Computing is the future of computer science.

PS: more on Grid with Oracle, which survey underlines the trend for wider grid adoption in a near future.


  • Grid computing is already here, if you count DDOS-zombie networks as ones... ok, seriously, energy management is going to be a problem, because the faster our laptops get, the less their batteries seem to last. "This battery lasts 4 hours, provided that you don't do anything with it and have the screen black. And don't do anything with the harddrive either. Or with the RAM. Don't even think of inserting anything in the optical drive, do you know how much power that's going to drain?"
    But as for grid computing, I'll believe when I see it. I've been hearing Sun shouting for the past decade that fat clients are dead and thin clients are the future, but.. the clients are getting fatter each day.

    By Blogger Kari, at 7/10/2006 09:20:00 AM  

  • Yeah, Grid´s already here. Sun & IBM have been promoting it for more or less a decade. What I mean by "it´s here" is "it exists", and really is not known to all yet. Only ITAddicts will have heard about it as of today)); Grid computing needs the masses to get started.

    By Blogger Jeremy Fain, at 7/10/2006 10:21:00 AM  

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