Grid Computing and Social Networks

Social networks have been lately in a spotlight. The concept is clear and it works: provide web-tools for ad-hoc networking between individuals or group of individuals.

Some time ago I noticed that there is some similarity between the basic concept of social networks and the grid computing product we are currently pushing to release. In fact, social networks are based on capability of ad-hoc networking between previously unknown to each other entities. In our product, grid tasks are autonomous and practically self-managed and ad-hoc decisions (ones that are based on immediate and current context) are at the core of our design.

Stretching it a bit further one can say that our grid tasks form social networks when they get executed... which I think is an interesting way to look at it.