Grid computing, streamlined by the successful Global Grid Forum (GGF), has become a major new research area over the past few years, with strong involvement from both academia and the computing industry. Although much progress has been made in the deployment of grid infrastructures, many challenges still lie ahead of us before the ultimate goal of the grid can be realized. The research issues cover many areas of computer science, ranging from fundamental problems (imposed by the sheer size of a grid), software engineering problems (due to the inherent complexity), and technical issues, to a demand for more application experience. Research on Grid technology, therefore, will greatly benefit from interactions with related areas of Computer Science, making Euro-Par an excellent platform to discuss such research issues.
Prof. Henri Bal
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
Prof. Peter Kacsuk
Computer and Automation Research Institute
Hungarian Academy of Sciences