A paper on “When Database Systems Meet the Grid”

“To our knowledge, most of the data-intensive applications that run on the Grid today focus on moving hundreds of thousands of files from the storage archives to the thousands of computing nodes.”

The above quote is from [1] which is written by the team that has given us the SkyServer. Talking to Maria recently I was really surprised to find out that because they are not using the protocols that GGF is standardising (WS-RF, DAIS, etc.), some Grid folks do not consider their work as related/relevant (and hence they have difficulties getting their papers accepted). If such systems are not typical of the large-scale, scientific applications that the Grid is all about, I don’t know what is.

[1] Maria A. Nieto-Santisteban, Jim Gray, Alexander S. Szalay, James Annis, Aniruddha R. Thakar, and William J. O’Mullane, “When Database Systems Meet the Grid”, 2nd Biennial Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research, January 4-7, Asilonmar, CA, US, 2005