On Death, Taxes, and the Convergence of Peer-to-Peer and Grid Computing

  • Ian Foster
  • Adriana Iamnitchi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2735)


It has been reported [25] that life holds but two certainties, death and taxes. And indeed, it does appear that any society-and in the context of this article, any large-scale distributed system-must address both death (failure) and the establishment and maintenance of infrastructure (which we assert is a major motivation for taxes, so as to justify our title!).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Foster
    • 1
    • 2
  • Adriana Iamnitchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Mathematics and Computer ScienceArgonne National LaboratoryArgonne

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