The main goal of this thesis is to build a new grid-computing paradigm that fully harnesses the available communication infrastructure. An optical network functions as the third leg in orchestration with computation and storage. This tripod architecture becomes the foundation of global distribution of vast amounts of data in emerging e-Science applications.
A key investigation area of this thesis is the fundamental technologies that allow e-Science applications in Grid Virtual Organization (VO) to access abundant optical bandwidth through the new technology of Lambda on demand. This technology provides essential networking fundamentals that are presently missing from the Grid Computing environment. Further, this technology overcomes current bandwidth limitations, making VO a reality and consequentially removing some basic limitations to the growth of this new big science branch.
In this thesis, the Lambda Data Grid provides the knowledge plane that allows e-Science applications to transfer enormous amounts of data over a dedicated Lightpath, resulting in the true viability of global VO. This enhances science research by allowing large distributed teams to work efficiently, utilizing simulations and computational science as a third branch of research.