An EU project hopes to realise the ultimate potential of Grid computing by creating a network that is intelligently aware of its components and of the domain it addresses, enabling quick and easy virtual collaboration.
With funding from the European Commission’s IST programme, the project aims to deploy this type of smart Grid for a complex industry like aerospace, shipbuilding or construction, where large numbers of partners need to come together for a single, one-off project.
"We hope that we can augment Grid technology to provide a stable and secure collaboration platform on one hand, and a platform into which players can plug in and get out rather quickly on the other," says Professor Žiga Turk, coordinator of the InteliGrid and researcher at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. "In addition to that, the Grid should be providing ICT resources on demand to support the irregular requirements over the design and production cycle." For this to be effective, however, computers must know what data means. Humans understand what lines stand for and can make intelligent decisions about them.
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