Wednesday, March 22, 2006

SUN's computing grid might be a hit

SUN launched its utitility computing service, it's like using the internet as transmission lines to deliver computing power to anywhere on the net. I can imagine one day people plug onto the Sun Grid to draw vast computing cycles onto their PDAs or cellphones. At $1/CPU-hr, everyone can enjoy the service like sipping Starbucks coffee. I was thinking about buying an UltraSparc machine to port some code, but now I can spend just $5 to compile and test on the grid, beautiful.

The economics is actually great, with 5000 CPUs, assume they are sold out for a year, the annual revenue will be 5000 * 24 * 365 * $1 = $43.8 million. SUN will probably charge additional fees on storage and network bandwidth.

SUN needs to create some flash tutorials on how to use the grid. The provisioning system must be automated, otherwise, you spend 30 minutes to earn $1.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I imagine one day, Grid will follow us around, recognise us visually, by voice, and RFID, at home it could track all your internet preferrences, news, Media it would interact with us show us our virtual friends and work spaces,
it will be our omnipresent servant.....all for alot less than 1$/per hour.
Skynet any-one.

4:55 AM, March 23, 2006  

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