MS Thesis Abstract
Ever since the off the shelf networked computers became popular, the interest of people in distributed systems is increasing. Many architectures, strategies and libraries were made. Grid Computing is one such emerging new paradigm for next-generation distributed computing. It enables the sharing, selection, and aggregation of geographically distributed heterogeneous resources.
A number of teams all over the world are working on various aspects of grid computing. This work is an effort to have a research and education grid in Pakistan considering its specific limitations and requirements. It studies the various implementation architectures of grids and based upon the results, proposes Pakistan Research and Education Grid Initiative (PAREGIN). PARAGIN is collaborative grid architecture suitable for Pakistan and provides guidelines for the middleware, network infrastructure and services useful for researchers, students and teachers. The work also includes cost and usability analysis of the services. Based upon the proposal, a prototype grid was implemented along with a smaller set of services.
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