Could distributed (Grid) computing create a BRMS, CEP and intelligent process powerhouse ?

Who remembers SETI@home, the project run by SETI to harness internet connected PC’s across the globe to help analyse signals from space ? It was an early and successful attempt at mass distributed (or grid) computing using a small piece of software to use latent CPU cycles on client machines when the screensaver was engaged.

Now jump forward and the question is why hasn’t anyone taken this concept into the enterprise and into the BPM world itself ? If you can imagine the many desktops that exist in an organisation sitting fairly idle when they could act as a BPM grid project to;

    • analyse, predict and act upon real-time data,
  • alter business rules on the fly,
  • creating intelligent workflow,
  • perform background simulation and CEP

Why bother with expensive server hardware (and future upgrades etc) when there’s potentially far more power sitting across the organisation not being fully utilised ? Are there any examples of this in the BPM industry currently, if so would be good to hear about it.

Addendum 2012: Given the proliferation of smartphone devices, could the corporate network somehow tap into latent processing power of the mobile network to extend the reach of business analytics ?

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3 responses to “Could distributed (Grid) computing create a BRMS, CEP and intelligent process powerhouse ?

  1. Great informative article on grid Computing. The article is so informative and interesting to know more about the computing industry. Thanks for sharing it here. By the way have you heard about Cloud Computing Conference 2010 which is the world’s largest 2nd annual and virtual conference on Cloud Computing and its technologies. They also providing good opportunity to meet and talk with the leading experts of Cloud Computing. I have registered to participate in the conference.

  2. Harnessing idle compute capacity is already in use (in production… yup). Quite a few products that enable this. As you suggested, this capacity is then utilized for various purposes like atomic work on a BPM flow, host compute intensive jobs (or parts of jobs). And what’s in it for the senior management? Drastically improved IT resource utilization (from 40% to 80%), IT CapEx cost avoidance to begin with.

  3. I am working with another company, Ennetix.com who has some clever technology which measures the predicts network traffic and can intelligently shut down routers, ip phones, servers and PCs. Electricity saving is up to 50%.

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