1.3. Grid components: A high-level perspective

In this section we describe at a high level the primary components of a grid environment. Depending on the grid design and its expected use, some of these components may or may not be required, and in some cases they may be combined to form a hybrid component. However, understanding the roles of the components as we describe them here will help you understand the considerations for enabling applications as discussed throughout the rest of the book.

1.3.1. Portal - User interface

Just as a consumer sees the power grid as a receptacle in the wall, likewise a grid user should not see all of the complexities of the computing grid. Though the user interface could come in many forms and be application ...

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