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RE: RE: Grid

From: Stephane Faroult <>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 02:24:27 -0800
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Remember the 'single instance' ?

>----- ------- Original Message ------- -----
>From: "Robson, Peter" <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
>Sent: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 01:49:27
>Although I haven't got into the technical details
>of 'The Grid' (and thanks
>for this article - I shall read it), but
>nevertheless I have a haunting
>sense of deja vu. Remember all the hype over
>distributed computing that
>Oracle generated? Remember the key part
>client-server was of that? Remember
>what Ellison said about that? ('The biggest mistake
>we ever made' - I was
>there, I heard him say it). So..... I'm just
>wondering how this particular
>circle is going to be squared...
>-----Original Message-----
>Sent: Monday, August 25, 2003 7:10 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
>While I was cleaning up the other day, I noticed a
>magazine sticking out of
>the middle (sadly, closer to the top) of my
>still-to-be-read list. The cover
>story of Physics Today (Feb. 2002) is "The Power of
>Grid Computing". It is a
>pretty good review article on the subject. If
>anyone is interested, the URL
>The major point seems to be that the grid is simply
>just a way to share
>distributed resources. However, utilizing these
>resources needs an
>infrastructure in place. It "requires uniform
>mechanisms for such critical
>tasks as creating and managing services on remote
>computers, supporting
>single sign-on to distributed resources,
>transferring large datasets at high
>speeds, forming large distributed virtual
>communities, and maintaining
>information about the existence, state, and usage
>policies of community
>resources...Providing the infrastructure and tools
>that make large-scale,
>secure resource sharing possible and
>straight-forward is the Grid's raison
>In addition, this means that computing resources
>can be parcelled out like a
>utility. If you need extra CPU, buy it and use it
>from your utility when you
>need it. You don't need to own the hardware for
>your peak load. It also
>becomes easier to share data and applications
>between colleagues at
>different locations.
>I can see how databases are part of this picture,
>but I am not sure how
>Oracle will try and place itself at the center of
>this trend (unless they
>mangle the concept of Grid in the process).

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