Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Grids and Scavenging

During our meetings with the Windows Compute Cluster Server team last week, it came out that CCS does not do any sort of scavenging, nor or their immediate plans to implement it.

Scavenging is an important way to lower the costs of the grid and to gain wider acceptance by letting groups make some money by charging back the use of their spare CPU cycles to the organization. Imagine all of those hundreds of idle CPUs gathering dust in a large Disaster Recovery center at an investment bank. I think back to Morgan Stanley's DR center, with hundreds of cubicles of untouched CPUs.

Would the absence of a scavenging feature eliminate a grid for you?

Does DataSynapse or Digipede have scavenging?

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