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SUPPORTING SIMULATION IN INDUSTRY THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF GRID COMPUTING

Navonil Mustafee
Operational Research and Management Sciences
Warwick Business School

Simon J E Taylor
Centre for Applied Simulation Modelling
School of Information Systems, Computing and Maths
Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK

ABSTRACT
An increased need for collaborative research, together with continuing advances in communication technology and computer hardware, has facilitated the development of distributed systems that can provide users access to
geographically dispersed computing resources that are administered in multiple computer domains. The term grid computing, or grids, is popularly used to refer to such distributed systems. Simulation is characterized by the need to run multiple sets of computationally intensive experiments. Large scale scientific simulations have
traditionally been the primary benefactor of grid computing. The application of this technology to simulation in industry has, however, been negligible. This research investigates how grid technology can be effectively exploited by users to model simulations in industry. It introduces our desktop grid, WinGrid, and presents a case study conducted at a leading European investment bank. Results indicate that grid computing does
indeed hold promise for simulation in industry.

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