Grid computing. Supposed to be the next big thing. I’m sure it will, although
possibly not in the same explosive fashion that the internet was. The internet
was a brand new thing – a whole new paradigm in communication and connectivity.
Grid computing is essentially a new means of using the existing ‘net
infrastructure. An evolution rather than a revolution.
The forerunners of the grid are already starting to appear. The SETI-at-home
project, P2P file-sharing etc. Its not too great a leap from sharing MP3s and
parcelling out pieces of the sky for signal analysis to active collaboration of
distributed nodes to solve complex problems or provide services.
There are a few projects working in this area, the ones I can remember off the
top of my head being:
The JTrix project.
Gaia from The Mind
[Insert obligatory cyberspace/the matrix homily here].