Sun Grid compute utility gets feature rich

Sun Grid compute utility has added a bunch of new features making it more flexible and powerful. The new release of Sun Grid has following capabilities:

International access

Previous to this release Sun Grid was available only in the United States, but it's now available in 24 countries across the globe: United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. This is a significant feature addition considering the legal implications.

Internet access(Bi directional)

A job which ran on SunGrid was helpless if it needed to access information or any service outside network.com. But now with Internet access being added to the feature list will enable an application running in Sun Grid compute environment to access outside world information/service. While the use of this feature may not be immediately evident, it has opened a host of opportunities for creating innovative applications. For example:

  • A Bioinformatics application can access any public database
  • Results of your application can be delivered to specific source.
  • An application can be hosted in form of mashup to offer myriad ranges of services
  • and the possibilities are endless..
Security is easy to achieve by pairing Internet access with a tunnel technology such as ssh.

Job submission API

Although in limited beta release, this feature will give an API for submission and management of jobs programmatically. Accessing network.com jobs can also be done via an command line interface. As an alternative to the web based interface, Job submission API gives the much desired flexibility to the end user of using a programmatic interface. This feature has to be requested from the Sun Grid Customer Care (only possible if you have an account on Sun Grid Compute Utility).

Resources:

Whats new on Sun Grid http://www.sun.com/service/sungrid/whatsnew.jsp
Jim Parkinson's blog http://blogs.sun.com/jpblog
Network.com news http://network.com/news.html
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