EC pumps funds into grid technology

European Commission invests US$99.8m in project research

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By  Published  September 29, 2006

The European Commission has invested US$99.8million into research into grid technologies.

The money will be used to support 23 new projects that are being launched by the Commission.

Grid technologies connect computers, data repositories, software programs, and other devices, bringing together users from different places and different companies in a single, enterprise in which users can share knowledge and access and store shared data.

“Grid and service-oriented architectures are crucial enabling technologies for economy-wide productivity and growth,” said Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media.

“They will make today’s information and communication technology infrastructures more flexible and agile, enabling businesses to adapt and innovate faster,” Reding added.

Three projects have been awarded a combined US$46.1 million from the EC’s research spend .

The BEinGRID (Business Experiments in GRID) has received a US$20.1million grant for its project, which aims to promote a wider uptake of grid technology in the workplace.

BEinGRID said it aims to facilitate the transition of grid technology into the business environment by running trials of grid technology in a range of sectors.

“The business experiments have been selected from different key sectors as the best candidates for being GRID success stories and we expect a tremendous business impact on the European ICT industry,” Diego Pavia, BEinGRID coordinator, commented.

Another project to have received funding from the Commission is XtreemOS, which was awarded US$18.2million. XtreemOS aims to design an open source grid operating system (OS) which, based on the Linux OS, will support virtual organisations.

The third of the larger projects, the BREIN initiative, will adapt and deliver grid technologies from academic environments to support critical applications for logistics management at airports.

This latest round of funding is further evidence of the European Commission’s commitment to grid technology. The Commission spent US$166.4 million on research on grid technology between 2002 and 2006, and a further US$319.9 million on deployment.

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