Computing Fabrics (1998-2003)

On May 19, 2003: Eric Lundquist, Editor-in-Chief of eWeek, recognized that IBM's On-Demand Computing, HP's Adaptive Enterprise, and Sun's N1 are all movements towards Computing Fabrics as we first predicted them in 1998.

On January 7, 2002: eWeek called our 1998 Computing Fabrics Cover Story "Prescient"
and declared The Grid, a subset of Computing Fabrics, "The Next Big Thing".

Riding the
Third Wave

In the News 2002-2004

Computing's Next Wave 1998
(The First Report)

The Next Big Thing 2002
Computing Fabrics & Grids

The Three Waves of Computing


Defined & Compared


Conferences & Workshops

The Bigger Picture


Computing Fabrics and Clusters


Illustrated Comparison to Clusters

Clusters of SMPís.

Despite clustering, multiprocessors exhibit rigid system boundaries -- hard and fast limits on scalability.


A Computing Fabric consists of richly interconnected nodes Ė consisting of processors, memory, and storage - out of which tightly coupled systems, called cells, can dynamically form, unform, and reform. At Time 1 four distinct cells can be seen: a cell of green nodes, an orange cell, and two purple cells. As time progresses the green cell shrinks, the orange cell grows larger, ultimately fissioning into two cells, and the two small purple cells fuse and expand to form a large cell. Cells themselves can loosely couple with each other through the fabric. These fluid dynamics enable Computing Fabrics to easily scale to meet enterprise challenges and beyond.

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Updated October 5, 1998


By Linda Von Schweber
& Erick Von Schweber

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