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NSF 07-43, Benchmarks of NSF Innovation

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The Globus Toolkit--an open-source library of gridding middleware and software used to integrate geographically distributed computing systems--is the de facto standard for building grids.

IBM promotes Globus as its standard open source grid platform. Several prominent companies also rely on Globus-related applications, e.g., Intel for internal grids and Cisco for network management. The National Cancer Institute's $100-million Globus-based cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid program engages companies at multiple levels.

Globus' indirect impacts are also significant. Virtually every major computer vendor has a "grid product," and most of the Fortune 500 have a "grid strategy." All are influenced by the work on Globus even if they do not use Globus software directly. Globus development is in part supported by NSF.

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Scientists in the Earth System Grid--who use Globus software for security, data movement and system monitoring--are providing access to climate data. This image shows sea ice extent (white/gray), sea ice motion, sea surface temperatures (colors) and atmospheric sea level pressure (contours).

Credit: UCAR.

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