Keith J. Beven* Department of Environmental Science, Lancaster University *Correspondence to: Keith J. Beven, Department of Environmental Science, IENS, Lancaster University, Lancaster LAI 4 YQ, UK. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org New computer technologies, such as the GRID, seem likely to change the way that environmental models are constructed and used. The GRID is a new hardware and software initiative based on distributed high-performance parallel computers, linked by fast network connections that, to the user, should appear as a single machine. The concept is that the user should not have to worry about where the data necessary for a project are stored, nor where any computational tasks are run. To the user, the software (or âmiddlewareâ) should make the GRID appear as a desktop machine. The possibility of using GRID-scale computer networking to link together distributed database and computational engines means that it will become possible to couple together models of many more different environmental systems across disciplinary boundaries and across national administrative boundaries. In fact, this is already possible and is already happening on a limited basis, as demonstrated, for example, in the regional water resources models under construction in Denmark and in the national environmental management models being used
Hydrological Processes – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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