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Chapter 2 Grid, Utility
Computing and Clusters
Grid Software Components
It is important to understand that it is the
software that makes the realization of Grid Computing. Even though
we have many suitable hardware components lined up in the grid
environment, it is the software component that glues all of these
hardware resources into one usable grid framework. There are various
software components, which run the basic functioning of the grid
system. The important software components include management
software, donor software and submission software.
A typical application when executed, functions
on a server and uses the resources such as memory, processes and
storage attached to the server. When the same application intends to
utilize the resources from other servers (machines) in the grid, it
needs to interact with the middleware and its API’s in order to
extend its reach to utilize the resources.
The Management component keeps track of
resources available to the grid and also keeps track of the users or
applications that can use them. This component decides the computing
locations, which are available for the jobs execution, decides the
assignment pattern and keeps track of utilization levels of the
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