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Grid Glossary

  • grid - a system that 1) coordinates resources not under centralized control; 2) uses general purpose standars, protocols and interfaces; 3) delivers significant levels of service (data access, data processing, and / or data storage) - Ian Foster's 3-Point checklist: what is the grid?
  • IDL - Interactive Data Language software. More info at RSI.
  • JSP - Java Server Page. More info at Sun.
  • servlet - java program adding dynamic HTML or XML content to a web server application. More info at wikipedia.
  • SolarSoft - set of solar physics data analysis algorithms primarily written and distributed as IDL routines. More info at NASA's solarsoft site.
  • virtual observatory - astronomical / solar / solar terrestrial data repositories made accessible through grid and web services. More info through the IVOA.
  • web service - a program that sends XML messages over the internet. More info at W3C.
  • XML - extensible markup language. More info at W3C.

-- ElizabethAuden - 04 Apr 2005

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