Middleware2003     1st International Workshop on Middleware for Grid Computing
Co-located with Middleware 2003, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tuesday, June 17th 2003

As network performance has outpaced computational power and storage capacity, a new paradigm has evolved to enable the sharing and coordinated use of geographically distributed resources. This paradigm is popularly known as Grid computing and aims to couple distributed resources offering consistent and inexpensive access to resources irrespective of their physical location. Grid computing provides scalable and secure remote access to computing, data, and other resources throughout the Internet. These new technologies enable the clustering of a wide variety of geographically distributed resources, such as supercomputers, storage systems, data sources, and special devices and services, that can then be used as a unified resource.

Much of the focus of the Grid to date has been within research organizations. As the power of grid technologies becomes apparent, however, commercial parties are also increasing their level of participation. That leads to a greater focus on integration with commercial computing models and more work on the security and resource management models required for automated and secure access negotiation for remote resources. In order to control such a broad base of resources, Grid Computing has a Middleware layer which controls the distributed execution of applications.