Quiz: What's your grid grade?

Are you a grid groupie or just in a grid lock? Take this quiz to assess your knowledge of grid computing and all its related verbiage. This quiz is a tough one with lots of terms that have similar definitions, so you'll probably want to do a little pre-test prep by reading What is grid computing?, The New Computing Architecture Playbook, and Grid's cloud of confusion lifting.

Are you a grid groupie or just in a grid lock? Take this quiz to assess your knowledge of grid computing and all its related verbiage. This is a tough one with lots of terms that have similar definitions, so you'll probably want to do a little pre-test prep by reading What is grid computing?, The New Computing Architecture Playbook, and Grid's cloud of confusion lifting.



  1. This term describes an increasingly popular enterprise model in which computing resources are made available to the user as needed. The resources may be maintained within the user's enterprise, or made available by a service provider.
    Your answer: Hint: hyphenate

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  2. This term applies to any computing application that requires the resources of a lot of computers, such as grid computing.
    Your answer: Hint: hyphenate

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  3. In technology, this word has several meanings, the first being: the use of software to emulate hardware or a total computer environment other than the one the software is actually running in.
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  4. ______ is a scientific effort to discover intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, primarily by attempting to discover radio signals that indicate intelligence.
    Your answer: Hint: Type full term

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  5. A self-managing computing model named after, and patterned on, the human body's autonomic nervous system. One of the building blocks of pervasive computing.
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  6. Generally, _____________ means "providing" or making something available. The term is used in a variety of contexts in IT. For example, in grid computing, it means to activate a grid component, such as a server, array, or switch, so that it is available for use.
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  7. Oracle's grid computing product group including (among other things) a database management system (DBMS) and an application server.
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  8. The use of multiple computers, typically PCs or UNIX workstations, multiple storage devices, and redundant interconnections, to form what appears to users as a single highly available system.
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  9. This term describes the ability to connect multiple hardware or software entities, such as servers, so that they work as a single logical unit.
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  10. Applying the resources of many computers in a network to a single problem at the same time - usually to a scientific or technical problem that requires a great number of computer processing cycles or access to large amounts of data.
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  11. A service provisioning model in which a service provider makes computing resources and infrastructure management available to the customer as needed, and charges them for specific usage rather than a flat rate.
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  12. A term used to describe software that acts as an interface between compiler Java binary code and the microprocessor (or "hardware platform") that actually performs the program's instructions.
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Score card

  • 8-12 correct: You're a grid geek
  • 7- 9 correct: You're a grid groupie
  • 4-7 correct: You've got grit, but no grid
  • 0-3 correct: You're in a grid lock


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This was first published in June 2005

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