The Grid 2, Second Edition: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure (The Elsevier Series in Grid Computing)
The Grid is an emerging infrastructure that will fundamentally change the way we think about-and use-computing. The word Grid is used by analogy with the electric power grid, which provides pervasive access to electricity and has had a dramatic impact on human capabilities and society. Many believe that by allowing all components of our information technology infrastructure-computational capabilities, databases, sensors, and people-to be shared flexibly as true collaborative tools the Grid will have a similar transforming effect, allowing new classes of applications to emerge. -From the Preface
In 1998, Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman introduced a whole new concept in computing with the first edition of this book. Today there is a broader and deeper understanding of the nature of the opportunities offered by Grid computing and the technologies needed to realize those opportunities. In Grid 2, the editors reveal the revolutionary impact of large-scale resource sharing and virtualization within science and industry, the intimate relationships between organization and resource sharing structures and the new technologies required to enable secure, reliable, and efficient resource sharing on large scale. Foster and Kesselman have once again assembled a team of experts to present an up-to-date view of Grids that reports on real experiences and explains the available technologies and new technologies emerging from labs, companies and standards bodies. Grid 2, like its predecessor, serves as a manifesto, design blueprint, user guide and research agenda for future Grid systems.
*30 chapters including more than a dozen completely new chapters. *Web access to 13 unchanged chapters from the first edition. *Three personal essays by influential thinkers on the significance of Grids from the perspectives of infrastructure, industry, and science. *A foundational overview of the central Grid concepts and architectural principles. *Twelve application vignettes showcase working Grids in science, engineering, industry, and commerce. *Detailed discussions of core architecture and services, data and knowledge management, and higher-level tools. *Focused presentations on production Grid deployment, computing platforms, peer-to-peer technologies, and network infrastructures. *Extensive bibliography and glossary.
Poor tech, poor future insights
By BlackICE - April 7, 2005
Before buying this book, I also bought the first volume. Personally I would say the first one being more interesting and technically adequate to whom wants a professional insight on what grid computing is. The second book seemed to me a simple marketing strategy: no new topics, no technical insights. Just an annoying list of accomplished grid deployments ranging from scientific installments to commercial ones.
I'm actually disappointed. I was hoping Foster et. al. could give me some new and interesting insights on what are the real problems of advanced grid computing concepts and techniques instead, I received a book great only for making the references to my thesis (I was doing my master thesis on grid mapping algorithms).
Moreover, most of the deployed scenarios explained in the book can be easily find on the net by searching for scientific documents on specific grid topics. Seems more of a collage of articles rather than a deep analysis of actual grid... read more
Nothing but an Overview of Where Grids Are in 2003 and Where Could They Go
By Von Chowder - December 7, 2005
I am intensely interested in the current state of Grid technology (Dec. 2005) and want to begin an implementation or the participation of a modern Grid. I got the book yesterday and am now done with it. This book should never have had a second edition. I skimmed through all 748 pages in about one hour. It is repeat of topic after topic by different authors rehashing the same 'issues' that anyone who found this book has probably already learned as much in his Googling.
This is frustrating, WHERE IS THE MEAT!!!! in Grid technology. No one seems to have a decent book. Its almost 2006! Someone, teach me how to build a Grid and run Hello World on it please!
Excellent Book into the future
By David Pearson - January 28, 2004
This is a great buy and an excellent book into the future. Very well explained collection of topics.
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