So what is Grid Computing you ask?

Grid computing is the combining of multiple computer resources and using these computer resources for a common goal. Grid Computing therefore allows computing power (whether that is Random Access Memory (RAM) "memory", or CPU "processors" , or storage space to all be used even though they may physically exist worldwide. Grid computing can far surpass the power of a few supercomputers in a far more cost-effective manner.Grid computing is the combining of multiple computer resources and using these computer resources for a common goal. Grid Computing therefore allows computing power (whether that is Random Access Memory (RAM) "memory", or CPU "processors" , or storage space to all be used even though they may physically exist worldwide. Grid computing can far surpass the power of a few supercomputers in a far more cost-effective manner.

What are some examples of Grid Computing?

World Community Grid allows people to download and install an application that will run when their computer is idle. Its function of Grid Computing is to unite computers to increase the potential processing power to run a project that will identify drugs which will help with Dengue, Hepatitis C, West Nile & Yellow Fever viruses. The World Community Grid's initial project is identifying the proteins created by human genes to allows them to understand how defects in proteins can cause diseases, and ultimately making it easier for them to find cures. To learn more about Grid computing and how it is being used to help others see Grid Computing to help others.

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) @ home is a Grid computing project that allows people all over the world, who choose to run a program on their computer can participate in, where a portion of their computer resources will be used to analyze radio telescope data.

To learn how Grid Computing is used in Cloud Computing see Cloud Computing Definition - What is Cloud Computing