Computer Science Lectures
at Northwestern University 

Ian Foster

Argonne National Laboratory & University of Chicago

Grid Computing and the Open Grid Services Architecture

Friday, May 30th - 3:00-4:00pm
1890 Maple Ave - Room 381


In both e-business and e-science, we often need to integrate services across distributed, heterogeneous, dynamic "virtual organizations" formed from the disparate resources within a single enterprise and/or via external resource sharing relationships. This integration can be technically challenging due to the need to achieve various qualities of service in heterogeneous environments. I introduce this "Grid Opportunity," discuss the origins and applications of Grid technologies in the world of science, and present recent work on an Open Grid Services Architecture that seeks to generalize Grid computing concepts to create a powerful framework for distributed resource sharing and


Dr. Ian Foster, co-author of "The Grid: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure", is an internationally recognized researcher and leader in the area of Grid computing. Dr. Foster is Associate Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. The Distributed Systems Lab that he heads at Argonne and Chicago is home to the Globus Toolkit, the open source software that has emerged as the de facto standard for Grid computing. His awards include the GII Next Generation Award and the Lovelace Medal.


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