Keywords: grid computing, grid information technology, GRIT, e-science, e-health, biotechnology research, electronic healthcare
A review of trends and adoption model for grid information technology
Nowadays, scientific projects require collaborative environments and powerful computing resources capable of handling huge quantities of data, which gives rise to e-science. These requirements are evident in the need to optimise time and efforts in activities having to do with health and biotechnology. Scientists are taking increasing interest in an emerging technology ? Grid Information Technology (GRIT) ? that may offer a solution to their current needs. The current work aims to survey how GRIT is being used in the three main economic areas in the world: Europe, Asia-Pacific and the USA. Furthermore, we propose an adoption model of GRIT that may be applied to new health/biotechnology research fields. The paper ends with a discussion on future directions and policy recommendations.