Providing Computing Power on demand Using the Grid technologies: "As one of business diversification using grid technology, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, President: Hiroyuki Yoshikawa) presents new business model 'GridASPTM*' which provides the required amount of computing power at the right time as a utility for businesses, research organizations, and other users.
In the existing ASP (Application Service Provider) model, there are high overhead costs associated with preparing computers and operators for each application, so it is expensive for the user. However, as we can see in Figure 1, GridASP divides companies into three providers that can respectively provide applications, computers, and portals which can be supplied in any combination to meet user demands. This can raise the operating efficiency of each company and reduce the costs to the user.
The AIST has been developing software called GridASP Toolkit that can embody the framework of GridASP. The ? version has been completed, which is being publicly released as free software. Part of this software was developed as METI's Business Grid Computing Project that was launched in 2003.
In addition, a test environment was created in which proof-of-concept experiment were begun using GridASP Toolkit in cooperation with companies to provide services. These experiments will be conducted to not only examine the functionality of the software, but also to identify problems associated with business applications, to estimate service price, and to investigate application license style, among other things."