Bob Jones (CERN - EGEE Project Director)
EGEE (Enabling Grids for E-sciencE) is Europe's flagship Grid infrastructure project now in its second 2-year phase. The EGEE Grid now combines the processing power of more than 30.000 CPUs, a storage capacity of about 5 million GB on a global network established by GEANT and its extensions connecting more than 200 sites in 48 countries. This Grid is already providing an essential daily service to more than 100 applications in such areas as astrophysics, medical imaging, bioinformatics, climate studies, oil and gas exploration, pharmaceutical research, and financial forecasting. It's now the world's largest general-purpose scientific computing Grid, and is getting bigger every month. Envisaged as an infrastructure for the support of scientific research, EGEE has attracted interest from numerous business sectors that see it as either a service that can be used as a virtual computer centre, as a means of selling their services and products to the diverse communities it supports, or as an example of how to build partner grids with their supply chains. This talk will give an overview of the range of businesses with which it is working, explain the mechanisms it places to allow commercial organisations to get involved and suggest some directions in which it could develop on a time-scale of 2 to 5 years.