Communications Provider to Network World’s Largest Open Public Computing Grid
The West Virginia High Technology Consortium (WVHTC) Foundation (http://www.wvhtf.org) and Verizon West Virginia (Verizon) announce a strategic partnership in which Verizon will provide the communications infrastructure for the Global Grid Exchange, the nation’s first state-sponsored open public Internet computing grid.
An initiative of the WVHTC Foundation, the Global Grid Exchange uses the Internet to aggregate the idle or unused computer processing resources throughout the State of West Virginia. With access to such state resources, from PCs to mainframes, the Global Grid Exchange will soon be the largest open public computing grid. Partnering with the WVHTC Foundation, Verizon will supply the networking equipment and communications bandwidth necessary to support the user demand anticipated from this innovative venture.
The Global Grid Exchange will deliver on-demand computing power to any desktop computer over the Internet, creating a cost-effective computation infrastructure. Utilizing Frontier, the grid computing solution from strategic partner Parabon Computation, the Global Grid Exchange supplies users with a platform-independent, grid-computing environment for the development and deployment of distributed computing applications.
Implementation of the Global Grid Exchange has already begun. It is anticipated that users will be able to access the power of this Internet computing solution in Fall 2004.