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By Rajkumar Buyya
Compute Power Market:


The Compute Power Market (CPM) Grid Project aims to build compute power market (economy/market driven) grid computing technologies that
lets us to access computing power similar to the electric power. Unlink today's electric power grid, CPM allows the user to choose dynamically
(online) computing power/resource providers, who offer cost-effective service. That means, resource provides need to offer competitive
price-performance server in order to attract more users and make profit. The CPM project seeks to address complexities involved in developing a
technology infrastructure that lets the users and resource providers to operate under computational economy over the Internet.


The components that make up this system are:

A CPM site - (where people register their resources).
A client interface (Internet-enabled).
A central server (the database of resources and related information).
An agent running at resource contributor/provider site: The resource owner can state (how/when is machine should be used, what is it (s)he is
charging for the resources etc. It is basically looks like a "screen-saver".
A mapping broker - that maps computational power requests to providers based on economic rules. It lets you to earn credit (money) by
contributing idle resources.
Special class of tools that can use all the above infrastructure and make Internet-wide resources useful to the community.
A grid middleware toolkit, a glue that helps in connecting all the the above components and the actual resources called grid fabric.

The components of grid fabric include: laptops, notebooks, desktops (PCs and workstations), SMPs, clusters, traditional supercomputers, if any, data
sources, special class of devices, and so on--PDAs, wireless computers and devices. No matter where all these devices are located--home, office,
enterprise, community centre, and so on across the globe, planet, or universe!--we would like couple them and allow them to participate in the
(universal) grid. Having said that, we are currently targeting a real commodity systems like PCs that are easily affordable and majority of persons
access the Internet using them.

Position Paper

Compute Power Market: Towards a Market-Oriented Grid, Rajkumar Buyya and Sudharshan Vazhkudai, The First IEEE/ACM International
Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (CCGrid 2001), Brisbane, Australia, May 16-18, 2001.

Social Implications

Why should one contribute their resources for CPM ? Because, it allows them to earn money when they are not working on their system. That is, it
lets your system/computer earn for you when you are not working on it. "Sell your idle CPU cycles, and make money!"

An interesting aspect of this buying computing power could be:

people could buy compute cycles like traditional e-commerce (like give credit-card details through the web, etc. before they can send their
applications/processes to execute on others machines)

The CPM can have truly amazing amazing implications.

Reward: Just acknowledge the work when you realise the idea into a real product.
We certainly want you to become billionair by realising the product. Once you do,
I appreciate if you can donate some of it to students for further education and research.
My website is: in case you to inform me when you become billionair!

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