The alliance grid

James W. Ferguson, John Towns

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The advent of high-performance networks available to research institutions has made it possible to transform the way in which computational researchers do work. The goal is to create an environment and supporting infrastructure that allows research and production work on the Grid, as some have named it (Ian Foster, Carl Kesselman, editors. The grid: Blueprint for a new computing infrastructure. Los Altos: Morgan Kaufmann, 1999), to be done as easily as working on your desktop. Through the Grid, researchers will have access to resources wherever they are located on the network - resources such as high-performance computers, data archives, scientific instruments, tele-immersive environments, and other limited access assets such as telescopes. The National Computational Science Alliance (Alliance) has the deployment of such a Grid as one of its main missions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-422
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in Engineering Software
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2001


  • Access grid
  • Alliance grid
  • Globus
  • High-performance computing
  • High-performance networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Engineering(all)


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