In the recently published book, The GRID, Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure, Edited by Ian Foster and Carl Kesselman, a new vision for advanced computing infrastructure is proposed. A number of advanced computing communities, including Center researchers, are planning to create a National Technology Grid, an emerging infrastructure that will fundamentally change the core concepts of computing and communications. National and regional Grids will allow for significantly more computational power to be available to many more communities through distributed processing. NCSA will lead several regional efforts to create advanced Grid enabling technologies and related applications, as well as new classes of middleware. MREN will provide the basis of the first Grid infrastructure.


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