Algorithms and the Grid

Geoffrey C. Fox, Mehmet S. Aktas, Galip Aydin, Harshawardhan Gadgil, Shrideep Pallickara, Marlon E. Pierce, and Ahmet Sayar.  Algorithms and the Grid. Journal of Computing and Visualization in Science (CVS). Volume 163, Numbers 11-12 pp. 115-124. ISSN 1432-9360 (Print) 1433-0369 (Online), DOI 10.1007/s00791-007-0083-8. Published by Springer-Verlag GmbH, February 2008.


We review the impact of Grid Computing and Web Services on scientific computing, stressing the importance of the “data-deluge” that is driven by deployment of new instruments, sensors and satellites. This implies the need to integrate the naturally distributed data sources with large simulation engines offering parallel low latency communication and so to integrate parallel and Grid computing paradigms.We start with an overview of these and the evolving service architectures.We illustrate the identified areas of interest for Algorithms and the Grid with the specific example of SERVOGrid that supports earthquake science research. We comment on the appropriate messaging infrastructure for Grids and data assimilation and contrast it with MPI.

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