Title: How web community organisation can help grid computing

Authors: Miranda Mowbray

Addresses: Enterprise Systems and Software Lab, Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Bristol, Filton Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8QZ, UK

Abstract: OurGrid is a web-based community whose members can use each others| spare computing power. When an OurGrid member is not using his own computer, it can be used by any other member. This paper describes how the community aspects of OurGrid have been crucial for its success. It argues that grid economies, which provide another method for sharing computing power, might also benefit from having a web-based community structure.

Keywords: grid computing; peer-to-peer; P2P; community practices; web based communities; grid economies; computer sharing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2007.013773

International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2007 Vol.3 No.1, pp.44 - 54

Published online: 27 May 2007 *

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