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Using Grids?

Tim Bray gives a great write up of Grid Infrastructure projects. But he still doesn’t answer Stephen’s question: what is it good for?

I think the question is especially relevant for on demand ‘batch grids’, to use Tim’s terms. A ‘service grid’ has uses that jump to mind immediately; scaling web serving content is one of them. But on demand batch grids (I built an extremely primitive one in college) are good for complicated processes that take a long time. I don’t see a lot of that in my current work–but I’m sure my physics professor would be happy to partake.