|“||involves a group of computers, in either the same location or spread over a number of locations, that are networked together (e.g., via the Internet or a local network).||”|
|“||uses available processing capacity across a grid of processors. Workload balancing allows high availability and parallel processing of the analytics algorithms. This arrangement is well-suited to applications in which multiple parallel computations can take place independently, without the need to communicate intermediate results between processors.||”|
Grid computing divides a computer program among numerous computers. It can be confined to a single entity’s computer network or involve collaboration among many entities or networks. Grids tend to be loosely coupled, heterogeneous, geographically dispersed and composed of general purpose software and middleware.
- ↑ House of Representatives, Committee on Science, "Supercomputing: Is the United States on the Right Path" (Hearing Transcript), at 5-6 (2003) (full-text).
- ↑ Australian Public Service Better Practice Guide for Big Data, at 11.