What is grid computing?
Grid computing refers to a network of computers that work together as a supercomputer to accomplish large tasks such as weather forecasting or analysing large data sets. You can create and use large computer grids in the cloud for specific purposes and times. If necessary, you will only pay for what you use. This allows you to both save time and money on purchasing and deploying the resources. Splitting tasks across multiple machines reduces processing time and minimizes wasted resources.
Grid computing projects are typically independent of time, unlike parallel computing. Grid computing projects use computers that are part of the grid when they are idle. Operators can also perform tasks not related to the grid at all times. Computer grids must be secured as the controls on member nodes can often be very loose. As many computers can fail or disconnect during processing, redundancy should be considered.