Sun forms grid exchange

Sun Microsystems Thursday announced that an electronic trading environment that will let customers bid for unused compute cycles.

As part of its Sun Grid announced earlier this week, Sun and Archipelago, an online electronic stock exchange, will build an online compute exchange.

The exchange will allow customers to buy unused compute power as they need them. Sun announced earlier that its compute utility would let customers buy unused CPU cycles for US$1 per CPU hour and storage at US$1 per gigabyte per month.

The company in the next few months plans to extend its grid utility to desktop and developer communities.

The whole concept of a grid utility with unused compute cycles and capacity to sell begs for a method to acquire them. The grid exchange formed by Archipelago ensures that.

Whether customers will be able to return unused compute cycles and storage capacity to the grid exchange is unknown.

Sun has estimated that as many as 10,000 CPUs are available for use in Texas, Virginia, New Jersey and Scotland.

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