© 2011

Grid Computing

Towards a Global Interconnected Infrastructure

  • Nikolaos P. Preve

Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. E-Science, Applications, and Optimization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roberto Barbera, Francisco Brasileiro, Riccardo Bruno, Leandro Ciuffo, Diego Scardaci
      Pages 33-55
    3. Justin M. Wozniak, Paul Brenner, Santanu Chatterjee, Douglas Thain, Aaron Striegel, Jesús Izaguirre
      Pages 57-87
  3. Resource Management, Allocation, and Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Christos Chrysoulas, Nicolas Sklavos
      Pages 123-143
    3. Gabriele Pierantoni, Brian Coghlan, Eamonn Kenny
      Pages 145-170
    4. Ciprian Dobre
      Pages 171-201
  4. Grid Services and Middleware

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Vassiliki Pouli, Yuri Demchenko, Constantinos Marinos, Diego R. Lopez, Mary Grammatikou
      Pages 223-247
    3. Aggelos Liapis, Nasos Mixas, Nikitas Tsopelas
      Pages 249-273
  5. Grid Computing and Scientific Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Raul Isea, Esther Montes, Antonio Juan Rubio-Montero, Rafael Mayo
      Pages 277-291
    3. Giuseppe Leto, Ján Astaloš, Marián Jakubík, Luboš Neslušan, Piotr A. Dybczyński
      Pages 293-306
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-312

About this book


Grid computing provides a mechanism for integrating, coordinating, and sharing heterogeneous computer resources.  This continually evolving field now aims to completely disaggregate current computer platforms and distribute them across a network as resources that can be called into action by any eligible user or machine at any time.

This accessible and broad-ranging text/reference presents valuable research and results from many of the major projects involved in the emerging global grid infrastructure.  With a particular focus on the practical advantages and applications of grid computing – including real case studies – the book provides an in-depth study of grid technology for a wide range of different needs.

Topics and features:

  • Presents contributions from an international selection of experts in the field
  • Provides summarizing abstracts and conclusions for each chapter
  • Examines a remote instrumentation infrastructure, and a methodology to support e-science applications on e-infrastructures
  • Describes the GEMS storage system, and pipeline workflows for optimizing end-to-end performance in wide-area networks
  • Investigates semantic grid system architecture, social grid agents, and monitoring platforms designed for large-scale distributed systems
  • Explores job control using service-level agreements
  • Introduces the Composable Services Architecture for dynamic service provisioning, and the semantically driven communication middleware platform, Phoenix
  • Discusses the PhyloGrid application, and a numerical simulation performed using grid computing

The deep insights that can be gleaned from the text make it a highly useful tool for researchers and professionals alike.  Graduate students will also benefit from the extensive analysis on currently available grid systems.

Editors and affiliations

  • Nikolaos P. Preve
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electrical and Computer Eng.National Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Grid Computing
  • Book Subtitle Towards a Global Interconnected Infrastructure
  • Editors Nikolaos P. Preve
  • Series Title Computer Communications and Networks
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-85729-675-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-2669-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-85729-676-4
  • Series ISSN 1617-7975
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 312
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Computer Communication Networks
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From the reviews:

“This book on grid computing gathers contributions from a wide range of influential figures in the grid computing environment. … As a reader, I can find a lot of information on grid computing in the public domain. … this book serves as a good repository of articles on theories, architectures, infrastructure administration, and practical applications. Due to this diversity of contributions from successful influencers in grid computing, the book will be well appreciated by academia, researchers, and practitioners.” (Harekrishna Misra, ACM Computing Reviews, July, 2012)