Global Grid Forum gobbles up peer-to-peer working group

The GGF (Global Grid Forum) bolstered its ranks on Tuesday by joining forces with the P2PWG (Peer-to-Peer Working Group).

By morphing the P2PWG's membership roster and intellectual property into the GGF, the Grid Forum acquires tools critical to the advancement of grid computing as an enterprise computing architecture, according to GGF representatives in San Diego.

"Convergence of peer-to-peer and grid computing is a natural outcome of recent distributed systems thinking," said Colin Evans, the director of distributed systems for Intel Labs, in a statement.

"This merger gets a critical mass of industry support behind the key objectives of the P2PWG. Both organizations stand to benefit from this event with a view towards Web services evolution," he said.

Santa Clara, California-based Intel is a P2PWG member -- and now a GGF member -- along with a wide range of companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Groove Networks, Fujitsu, and Hitachi, to name only a few.

Taking the reins of the GGF's new peer-to-peer development activities will be Dr. Andrew Chien, the chief technology officer of distributed computing technology company Entropia, according to GGF representatives.

Consuming the P2PWG represents the second organizational merger for the GGF in just as many weeks. Twelve days ago the GGF joined forces with NPI (New Productivity Initiative) and announced that the two organizations will pool their efforts to bring grid computing to the enterprise.

The NPI began two years ago to forge an open API specification for distributed resource management between mixed vendor devices, an effort key to making a distributed, heterogeneous grid computing environment work.

A well-established compute architecture in scientific circles, grid computing is a technology literally waiting for the appropriate messaging, load-balancing, and security standards to make it widely available to enterprise companies.

Robert Batchelder, a research director at Gartner in Stamford, Conn., said it's only a matter of time before grid computing begins to permeate the enterprise.

"Grids are making the transition from the lab and to the workplace," said Batchelder.

Consumer desktop PC applications will also benefit from the GGF/P2PWG marriage, according to Charlie Catlett, chairman of the GGF steering group.

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