Ian Foster, Professor in Computer Science and Associate Director of Argonne National Laboratorys Mathematics and Computer Science Division, has been chosen as a global leader in the field of grid computing by Technology Review magazine.
The magazines February issue features 10 emerging technologies that show great promise for changing the world by dramatically affecting the way lives are led and business is conducted. For each technology, the magazine profiled one researcher or research team whose work exemplifies a fields possibilities.
The magazine recognized Foster and Carl Kesselman of the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute for their work on the Globus Project, which creates open source grid software, called middleware, for science, engineering, business and other collaborative situations.
The high-speed networking of grid computing provides access to both raw computer power and special data or instrument resources on demand, in much the same way an electric power grid provides electricity. Grid computing middleware such as the Globus Toolkit is seen as crucial for optimal use of the ultra-high bandwidth networks and the even-faster follow-on linkages now being created.
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