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Business Grids

Grid computing has successfully harnessed distributed computing power across many remote locations and geographical boundaries in order to support compute intensive scientific and research based tasks.

For the business community, the same high computational requirements may also exist in supporting unscheduled real-time tasks that use dedicated resources. But what is often more important to business consumers of Grid technology is the flexibility of the resources they have at their disposal, allowing them to dynamically support all their business processes that have fluctuating demands from the resources they consume.

Therefore a provider of services on a Grid platform, whether it is in the company’s own data centre, or externally hosted by a third party provider needs an adaptive infrastructure that can dynamically compensate different workloads on various resources at different times from a range of applications.

Typically, a combination of running applications will consist of a mixture of regularly scheduled applications and those that have peak operations at unknown time periods. The required level of service may be known for both types, but such processes need to coexist in the same hosting environment, therefore requiring guarantees from the provider in terms of not just quality of service from a performance aspect but also from security, confidentiality etc., particularly if the running applications originate from different customers.

Middleware is needed that can support these situations, such as non-exclusive access to resources, virtualisation of applications and data storage and the increased throughput of transactional database operations as a result of Grid computations.

Overcoming such scenarios and requirements are an important step towards the vision of Grid computing as a utility or the development of a World Wide Grid where commercial and scientific organisations alike can benefit from shared resources and infrastructure without loss of productivity.

Topics of Interest

In this regard, we seek contributions in the following areas in relation to Business Grids:

  • Grid technology for adaptive enterprise computing such as virtualisation
  • Grid support for applications with 24/7 operation
  • Specific issues for Data Grids: database intensive applications, transactional behaviour, data isolation and virtualisation of data storage
  • Interoperability of Grid middleware
  • Grid support for legacy applications


Total duration of Workshop: 120 - 150 minutes

Format of Presentations: Approximately 20 - 25 minutes including discussion/questions.

Paper submissions will be reviewed according to the guidelines set out by the Programme Committee of AHM 2006. Papers should be submitted at the AHM 2006 website following the AHM guidelines but stating that the paper is for the workshop entitled: ‘Business Grids’.

Workshop Organiser

James Gheel

Tel: +44 (0)28 90 930 083
Fax: +44 (0)28 90 930 010
Email: james.gheel@sap.com




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