Grid computing is a form of distributed computing that involves coordinating and sharing computing, application, data, storage, or network resources across dynamic and geographically dispersed organizations. The term “the grid” was coined in the middle of 1990s to denote a proposed distributed computing infrastructure for advanced science and engineering. So grid is a hardware and software infrastructure that provides dependable, consistent, pervasive, and inexpensive access to high-end computational capabilities.
Grid computing is a new paradigm. Grids are going to revolutionise computing as profoundly as e-mail and the Web revolutionised communications. Grids is part of a major initiative to ensure that Europe is a world leader in this technology, central to the new knowledge-based economy.
Grid activities at Vilnius University started in 2004 when first testbed grid on two clusters was installed. Now Vilnius University is a leader of LitGrid project, and GridTechno project and participates in European projects BalticGrid.
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