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CERN Grid 10,000 Times Faster than Internet
The debut of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is expected to put a spotlight on the Grid built to support analysis of the volumes of data produced by LHC. The volume of data is so great it will be distributed to 11 global centers for analysis, including centers in Asia, Europe, North America. The CERN Grid currently includes 55,000 and is expected to grow to 200,000 servers in the next two years. The project to put together the Grid has spanned the past seven years.

EnterpriseDB Releases GridSQL as Open Source Data Warehousing Solution
To encourage adoption of GridSQL for business intelligence and data warehousing, EnterpriseDB has released it under the GPLv2 open source license. GridSQL is available for download with EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus and Postgres Plus Advanced Server. GridSQL supports data distribution across a grid and shares resources at the database layer, enabling applications to treat distributed databases as a virtual database. GridSQL is available as a Sourceforge open source project.

White Paper: The Importance of Data Access Middleware in Distributed Computing
Ken North Computing LLC has released a white paper about the role and importance of data access middleware. “Middleware in Action: Industrial Strength Data Access” discusses defining characteristics of best-of-breed data access middleware. The 90-page report includes a checklist for comparing database drivers and data providers, highlighting features that affect performance, scalability and security. The report also describes performance and scalability scenarios, such as grid computing, SOA, business intelligence, transaction processing, enterprise information integration and content management. The “Middleware in Action” executive summary also includes the data access middleware checklist.

FSM Labs Announces Real-Time Networking Stack
FSMLabs released Enterprise Real-TimeNet which includes a networking stack that supports ICMP, IP, UDP and TCP. FSMLabs announced Enterprise Real-TimeNet will provide worst-case network round trip times of 50 microseconds using a fault-tolerant architect. It includes a Real-Time Processes Layer and a real-time time sync (RTTimeSync) that the National Association of Security Dealers has listed as a solution that keeps members compliant with federal regulations.

GridGain and GigaSpaces Announce Java Grid Computing Partnership
GridGain Systems and GigaSpaces Technology announced a partnership to offer a grid computing platform for Java computing. The companies will integrate the open source GridGain computation grid framework with the GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform (XAP). GigaSpace XAP uses an in-memory distributed caching capability to support its Enterprise Data Grid architecture. The agreement also provides for the companies to cooperate on marketing and sales efforts, with GridGain distributing GigaSpaces XAP Community Edition.

Google, IBM Partner on Internet-Scale Computing
IBM and Google announced an initiative to boost knowledge of large-scale distributed computing among the academic community. The project uses a cluster of several hundred computers, including Google server and IBM BladeCenter servers. The grid is expected to grow to more than 1,600 processors. The project’s goal is to increase knowledge of programming internet-scale applications.

Open Grid Forum Releases Documents for Public Review
The Open Grid Forum has released several documents for public review, including a grid computing overview, a strategy document and technical documents. “Distributed Computing at Scale” presents an overview of the Grid and the Open Grid Forum. “Technical Strategy for the Open Grid Forum 2007-2010” describes the plan for developing grid standards during the next three years. Technical documents include “JSDL HPC Profile Application Extension, version 1”, “JSDL SPMD Application Extension, Version 1.0” and “HPC Basic Profile, Version 1.0”.

GridGain Systems Announces Release 1.5 of Open Source Java Platform
GridGain Systems announced the release of GridGain 1.5, an open source computational grid computing platform for Java developers. GridGain supports application virtualization and it’s available with an LGPL license. It provides a custom loader for the JBoss application server to run as a JBoss service and use JMX and JBoss logging. GridGain also provides custom loaders for BEA WebLogic and WebSphere to provide similar capabilities with those platforms. It operates with Java 5 or higher and Linux, Mac OS X, major Unix brands and Windows NT/2000/2003/XP/Vista. GridGain supports integration with JGroups to provide clustering. GridGain also integrates with Spring, AspectJ, GigaSpaces, Tangosol, Oracle Coherence and the Mule ESB. A 15-minute GridGain screencast is available that illustrates how a Java developer can use GridGain to grid-enable a Java program.

3Tera and Layered Technologies Set Record in Linear Scalability Demonstration
Using a virtual private data center, Layered Technologies and 3Tera achieved a score of 42,540 with the UnixBench benchmark. The demonstration used comprised of 443 CPUs, 920GB RAM and 47 terabytes of mass storage. 3Tera provides grid computing and utility computing services for web applications using the AppLogic grid operating system. Layered Technologies is a provider of self-managed utility hosting services. The Virtual Private Data Center was showcased at HostingCon 2007 in Chicago.

DataSynapse Releases GridServer 5.0
DataSynapse, a provider of application virtualization software, has released GridServer 5.0. The GridServer 5.0 product can integrate with role-based security policies and authorization networks. It enables organizations to build mega-grids with as many as 20,000 nodes. It also provides dynamic scaling and optimization capabilities that support preference-based workload scheduling. Some Data Synapse customers are currently running global grids with more than 3000 processors.

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Open Grid Forum Releases INFOD, WS-Naming and WS-Agreement Specifications
The Open Grid Forum (OGF) announced the publication of several new documents that enhance standards for grid computing. The new OGF specifications include the Web Services Agreement Specification (WS-Agreement), Information Dissemination in the Grid Environment – Base Specifications (INFOD), Interoperability Testing for The GridRPC API Specification and the WS-Naming Specification. The WS-Agreement specification describes scenarios for using the services and XML document types described by the OGSA EMS (execution management services) architecture. The INFOD specifications defines a mechanism for communication between publishers and consumers using a registry with standard interfaces. It also supports publish-subscribe communication with a notify operation based on the WS-Notification specification. The public comment period for two documents, JSDL HPC Profile Application Extension and JSDL SPMD Application Extension, closes 10 July 2007.