Thursday, September 01, 2005

Beowulf's Becker on grid vs. Cluster

As a clustering pioneer, it's natural that you see advantages to clustering. What's the bottom line difference between grid and clustering today?

Becker: Cluster software is, at this point, mature and well tested. Grid software is, on the other hand, very new, still in the research environment, still being worked out in the deployment environment. The companies that provide grid services are generally pre-product phase. They're still in a deployment phase that's too early for production.

I would say grid is not for commercial enterprises at this point. It works today where you have research groups, such as an academic research group, that need to share data sets.

Read what he thinks about Linux trademark and OSS at the link

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