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Peer-to-Peer Working Group to Join Forces With Global Grid Forum; Business and Academic Leaders Unite to Strengthen Critical Mass Forming Around Grid Computing Efforts.

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 29, 2002

The Global Grid Forum (GGF), a community-initiated forum of individual researchers and practitioners working on distributed computing, or "grid" technologies, announced today that the membership of the Peer-to-Peer Working Group (P2PWG), created for the advancement and interoperability of peer-to-peer computing, has unanimously approved joining forces with the GGF.

"The GGF has been actively tracking the wide range of commercial and intellectual creativity in the peer-to-peer area. We believe that uniting our memberships and bringing over some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial software companies will both strengthen and broaden the activities of the GGF. In addition, the GGF will gain a new range of desktop and consumer applications," said Charlie Catlett, chair of the GGF steering group. "The increased industrial representation and participation which balances the academic focus of a significant portion of our membership is very appealing and will benefit both groups."

"Convergence of peer-to-peer and grid computing is a natural outcome of recent distributed systems thinking," said Colin Evans, director of distributed systems, Intel Labs. "This merger gets a critical mass of industry support behind the key objectives of the P2PWG. Both organizations stand to benefit from this event with a view towards Web Services evolution."

The P2PWG creates best practices that enable interoperability between computing and networking systems for the peer-to-peer community at-large. The GGF promotes Grid technologies and applications via the development and documentation of best practices, implementation guidelines and standards with an emphasis on rough consensus and running code. The transition will be complemented by the appointment of Dr. Andrew Chien, CTO of Entropia, as area director for the peer-to-peer area within GGF. Dr. Chien will continue to serve as a member of GGF's steering group.

"Both peer-to-peer and grid technologies focus on the flexible sharing and innovative use of computing and network resources. As a result many of the challenging standards issues are quite closely related," said Dr. Andrew Chien, chair of the steering group of the P2PWG and CTO of Entropia. "Joining the Global Grid Forum is the best way to fulfill the original charter and goals of the P2PWG. Together, we will make much more rapid progress."

Entropia is a founding member of the P2PWG. Dr. Chien has served as chairman of the steering committee and technical architecture council (technical governing body of the P2PWG). He has also served on the steering group of the Global Grid Forum for over a year.

About the Global Grid Forum

The Global Grid Forum (GGF) is a community-initiated forum of individual researchers and practitioners working on distributed computing, or "grid" technologies. GGF work is done through working groups and research groups in a fashion loosely modeled after the Internet Standards Process, including the development of an ongoing technical document series similar to the IETF's Request for Comments (RFC), where Internet standards are documented. GGF efforts are also aimed at the development of a broadly based Integrated Grid Architecture that can serve to guide the research, development and deployment activities of the emerging Grid communities. Established initially as "Grid Forum" in late 1998, GGF meets three times annually with participation from over 30 countries, over 250 organizations, and typically 350-500 participants. GGF's next meeting is GGF5 in Edinburgh, Scotland from July 21-24, 2002.

About the Peer-to-Peer Working Group

The Peer-to-Peer Working Group (P2PWG) was created to facilitate and accelerate the advancement of peer-to-peer computing and the peer-to-peer community at-large. The purpose of the P2PWG is to develop best practices that enable interoperability among peer-to-peer applications. The P2PWG welcomes all levels of participation. Individuals, students, academics, government organizations and companies looking to learn more about how to join the Peer-to-Peer Working Group, should visit for more information.
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