National and international collaborative computer networks offer different styles of data and computing interactions. I’m curious to hear people’s opinions on these. Below I offer some local links and invite discussion.
- A catalyst for innovation and collaboration, by bringing together researchers, practitioners, and educators from diverse disciplines;
- A forum to support the development, enhancement, and harmonisation of national, regional, and discipline-specific eResearch infrastructures and services;
- A showcase for innovative science and research enabled through these technologies and services.
KAREN is offering support for KAREN core members to attend. (I’m not a member; core membership is big bucks!)
The former is an ~A$100 million initiative to provide collaborative services to the Australian research community.
The GridCafÃ© website has good explanations of the basics for those not familiar with GRID computing, complete with fun graphics. It’s worth seeing just to look at the presentation, design and how they try make the topic friendlier.
The essence of the thing is that grids share more than just data; they share computer power. (Cloud computing is a similar concept.)
Rather than try tie these bits together, I’m going to invite you to explore them if you aren’t familiar with them, let whatever comes stew in your mind, and invite discussion.
Great stuff? Too much infrastructure? Disconnected from the typical researcher? Privacy or ethical issues? (Data sharing and access by others raises these…) Is there something you think is needed?
Share your thoughts in the comments.
(Graphics credits: Marie-AgnÃ¨s Messan, AndrÃ¨-Pierre Olivier)
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