Grid computing

India is the fastest adopter of grid computing in the world, according to Oracle’s Grid Index IV. Oracle should know, since it has 70 customers in India using its grid solutions.  
 
Grid computing is applying the resources of many computers in a network to a single problem at the same time. It is not a new phenomenon. Research organisations, government agencies and universities have been using this concept for years. What’s new is that Indian corporates are now latching on to the concept.  
  
Last year saw two major developments that will prove important for the adoption and acceptance of grid computing in India. First was the Computational Research Laboratories (CRL) — a subsidiary of Tata Sons —developing Eka, the world’s fourth fastest computer and two the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing’s (CDAC’s) Garuda finally got off the ground. 
 
For all those chief technology officers who are constantly looking at reducing their hardware costs Grid Computing may provide an answer, say analysts. Traditionally, companies bought hardware to support certain applications. However, these applications have peak processing hours and slack time. Grid computing takes advantage of the slack time and transfers the processing loads on systems that are being underutilised. 
 
“Indian businesses are going global. As part of their growth strategy, they have to take risks and decisions – whether it means investing in people or technology. Organisations from sectors like telecom, financial services, travel, construction & engineering, media and utilities are convinced of the benefits of grid computing because it allows for superior scalability and better return on investment,” explains SPS Grover, vice-president, Technology Business Unit, Oracle India.