Sun Microsystems Inc. has pushed its grand vision a step further by announcing it will auction off time on its online computing power grid. This stepping up of its on-demand computing plans comes just a day after it announced its US$1-per-day grid computing scheme. Under that system, customers can buy additional computing power as and when they need it, rather than buying hardware to do it themselves.
Ottawa-based GridWay Computing Corp. recently launched a utility-based service in an effort to provide silicon design companies with the extra computing power they might require during simulation testing and verification phases of chip design.
The U.S. government-funded TeraGrid project has received the green light to move forward with another stage, one that calls for the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh to join the grid, which already links computer centers at four other research facilities and universities.