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Paradigmatic, Technological and Economic Characteristics of HPC, Grid, HSC, Cloud and Volunteer Computing – Delimiters and Determinants of Volunteer Cloud Computing

Art. 03 – Vol. 25 – Nr. 2 – 2015

Bogdan Enciu

National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics – ICI Bucharest

Abstract: This paper presents characteristics, of various natures, specific for the types of computing technologies mentioned. Are described, at a general level, defining aspects of these technologies and are highlighted the differences between them. Description reveals the evolution of the development of the technologies and the inter-relations between them. Presenting these features, it also aims clarifing certain aspects that could create confusion, especially due to the different possible uses of these technologies, this being the main reason of the intention for launching this action after the end of the project regarding the development of the Grid site in ICI Bucharest, now realized step. The paper describes the issue virtualization, focusing on volunteer computing, this being a crucial aspect of the evolving of this computing technology towards Volunteer Cloud.

Keywords: HPC, Grid, HSC, Cloud, Volunteer Computing, Volunteer Cloud, virtualisation.

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