The concept of shared computing has gained acceptance in the highly complicated multi taking environment of computing. It ensures high performance by incorporating a network of a computer system to work for achieving particular tasks. The work process is conducted via computers in the network that contribute their power of processing along with certain other essential resources to meet up the requirements. The effectiveness of shared computing is so high that its performance and power of processing are even better than a supercomputer. In today’s environment, it is too much of a task for one computer to perform all the work in an efficient manner. Therefore, shared computing is finding wide acceptance due to its usability and effectiveness.
Generating the benefits of unused resources
The computers are capable of utilizing huge resources for computing, but all those resources are never utilized to the fullest. Sometimes a computer stays on and remains idle because of no usage. Such unused resources are utilized to the fullest by the shared computing system.
How it works
In case of the conventional computing systems, same models of computers are used and all of those computers make use of the same operating system. In most of the cases, each application that is running on the system comes with a dedicated server of its own. In many other cases, hardwired connectivity is used for the entire network, which means the entire system components are getting connected with each other by the help of different hubs. Such traditional computing system is well designed and performs well.
If you use a shared computing system, it can be equally useful, but may not appear very well designed. It depends upon a software for establishing connection between different computers. Unlike the tradition form of computing, there is no need that all the computers in the system need to run on the same operating system. Shared computing can connect different computers that run on different operating systems. The network connections can be established by using local area networks, wireless area networks, hardwired networks or Internet. With shared computing, you can add additional resources more easily in comparison to the traditional systems.
The role of system’s software
The software that runs the shared computing system enables it to use the unutilized power of processing of every computer. In order to connect any computer in the system, it is important to install this software. The software must be capable of contacting the administrative server of the system to access data, observe the usage of the host computer so that the processing power can be utilized every time it is available. The software sends back the analyzed data to the server and gets the new data.
Shared computing needs standardization
Though shared computing is excellent to perform and solve several difficult problems, but it is not a standardized solution yet. Many people find it not effective or useful as it is very difficult to design or manage. Many users of shared computing depend on unique architecture, software or hardware. The experts are working on the betterment of shared computing.