Budding computer experts from around the world will this week begin their own tests of the latest software developed by the European DataGrid Project. Students attending the 2002 CERN School of Computing in Vico Equense, Italy, will be submitting jobs that can run anywhere on the Project’s current Grid, which is based at 10 computer centres throughout Europe. This is the first in a series of important tests using software from the DataGrid Project that will take place throughout the autumn, and which will include connections across the Atlantic.
"There has been a great deal of hype about the Grid over the past year, but precious few examples of people actually using a Grid. These computer science students - some of the brightest in Europe - are the perfect test drivers for our European computer Grid. They will push it to the limit - and beyond!" says Fabrizio Gagliardi, Director of the School and manager of the DataGrid Project.
The concept of Grids of geographically distributed computers is under development around the world as the biggest breakthrough in computer networking technology since the World Wide Web, which was developed at CERN. While the Web allows the rapid transfer of previously prepared information, the aim of the Grid will be to search out and use vast amounts of computing power across an interconnected worldwide network of tens of thousands of computers and storage devices. There is great potential for data analysis and problem solving in a range of scientific applications, from particle physics through earth observation to bio-medicine.
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