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Draft Reference Model for Distributed Resource Management Released

The ability to match computing demand with computing supply in distributed computing systems with heterogeneous components is one step nearer reality with the release today by The New Productivity Initiative (NPi) of its draft reference model. To encourage full industry participation NPi, which is dedicated to defining and developing an industry specification and a layered set of open APIs for Distributed Resource Management DRM, chose the 2nd International Global Grid Forum meeting to make the reference model available for public comment and input.

Ian Baird, Chairman of NPi explains, “This first step leading to a framework for standards for distributed computing is a significant achievement. Every company and organisation will benefit from eradicating interoperability issues, from a CEO who wants to reduce time-to-market to the CIO who wants to control IT costs. NPi wants broad dissemination and discussion about this model so that we engage global industry participation in this project from NPi members and non members alike.”

Prior to this public release of the reference model, NPi submitted the document to industry experts from a number of sectors for peer review. The next stage in the specification process will be the creation of a design model that will include a description of the objects, data schema interactions, and protocols.

Dr. Raj Kumar, Project Manager, Workstation Performance Group, Hewlett Packard Labs and NPi Technical Working Group member comments, “Fostering cooperation creates increased opportunities for innovation. Today CEOs see increasingly complex IT hardware and software and must make cost-effective, strategic decisions about products for their businesses. Today’s public release of the reference model expands the opportunity for industry-wide input and collaboration to build a standard that is effective and widely adopted.”

An executive summary of the reference model can be found at

The complete model is located at Comments will be accepted at until August 15th 2001.

About the New Productivity Initiative

The New Productivity Initiative is an open, industry-led working group of users, hardware and software vendors, and service providers who are committed to a powerful vision of the future and a technology standard that enables it. NPi Inc. is dedicated to defining and developing an industry specification reference model and a layered set of open APIs for DRM.

For more information on the initiative, an open invitation to participate and progress towards the standard, visit

NPI Members include: ANSYS Inc., Aurema, Blackstone Technology Group, Cadence Design Systems, Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CLRC), Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard Company, Platform Computing Inc., SGI, TeraPort, CGG, Fluent and the Peer-to-Peer Working Group.

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