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- presenting a group of similar computers to job submitters as a single computer image to allow either asynchronous scheduled execution of jobs on the first available system in the group, or to support execution of a individual jobs across multiple physical computers.
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- An emerging computing model where a large amount of geographically separated, networked computers work like one single abstract infrastructure, able to compute multiple, complex tasks in parallel, required by multiple customers at a time.
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