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Ian Foster’s grid research recognized in special issue of Technology Review

Ian Foster of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory has been chosen as a global leader in the field of grid computing by Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of innovation.

The magazine’s February 2003 issue, on newsstands Jan. 21, features 10 emerging technologies that will change the world by dramatically affecting the way lives are led and business is conducted, according to Technology Review editor Robert Buderi. For each technology, the magazine profiled one researcher or research team whose work exemplifies the field’s possibilities.

“We searched university and corporate labs around the world to find new areas of technology that promise to transform industries such as computing, medicine, manufacturing, transportation and energy,” Buderi said.

The magazine recognized Foster, Professor in Computer Science at the University of Chicago and Associate Director of Argonne’s Mathematics and Computer Science Division, and Carl Kesselman of the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute, for their work on the Globus Project, which creates open source grid software, called “middleware,” for science, engineering, business and other collaborative situations.

Grid computing is the high-speed networking equivalent to the electric power grid, providing access to both raw computer power and special data or instrument resources on demand, in much the way a power grid provides electricity. Grid computing middleware like the Globus Toolkit is seen as crucial for optimal use of the ultra-high bandwidth networks and even the faster follow-on linkages now being created.

The Technology Review honor is only the latest in a string for the two researchers, who were singled out in the Sept. 16, 2002, Internet edition of Newsweek as “two of the founding fathers of the grid.”

Foster and Kesselman will go to London in May to receive the Lovelace Medal, honoring individuals who have made contributions of major significance in the advancement of information systems, from the British Computer Society.

In winter 2002, R&D Magazine named the Globus Toolkit the “most promising new technology” developed last year, in addition to including it among its “R&D 100” best inventions of the year.

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