While many Grid-enabled applications exist today and the management of resources shifts from “buying hardware” to “computing on demand”, a global commercial Grid has yet to be created which would allow the emergence of new markets for items such as processing power, storage and bandwidth. These markets would not only be the first step towards a commercial Grid but would also turn the Grid into an environment capable of resolving differences in service preferences through economic means. Additional value for the participants is created by simplifying the sharing of resources and generating revenue. It will enable a stable, scalable economy for resources.

In such a new Grid system, all users (i.e. the general public, academic institutions, SME´s or larger institutions) can use Grid services in the same way. These services are expected to range from simple services aiming for mass usage, to complex services encapsulating e-Science or HPC methods. To stimulate the service market, innovative schemes for usage-based charging of services have to be created.

This workshop invites researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present current results and original research in the area of Grid economics. In particular, the workshop will focus on new business models for the Grid and the capability of existing Grid middlewares to allow the economics-aware operation of Grid applications. The purpose of this workshop is to suggest directions of research and amendments to existing technologies, aiming at the successful deployment of a global commercial Grid system.



This is the list of topics that are considered for the workshop:

  • Analysis of functionality of existing Grid technology
  • Business modeling
  • Market mechanisms
  • Service-orientation of Grid systems
  • Specification of incentives for participation and resource sharing
  • Specification of economic-aware Grid services
  • Analysis of pricing schemes for Grid systems
  • Reports on Grid test beds and operation
  • Analysis of application scenarios (with stakeholders and roles)
  • Resource selection and allocation
  • Metering, accounting, charging, billing systems
  • Security issues on the Grid
  • Decision support systems for Grid users and providers
  • Capacity planning systems
  • Service level agreements
  • Economic models for the grid
  • Economic aspects of existing Grid applications
  • Reports on (inter)national projects on Grid systems
  • Trust and Risk management
  • Standardization
  • Virtual organizations
  • Economic aspects of identity management
  • Impact of legal requirements on Grid operation

Printable Version

Here is the CfP in printable pdf format.