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A Funding and Governing Model for Achieving Sustainable Growth of Computing e-Infrastructures


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  • Ashraf Bany Mohammed


  • Jorn Altmann

    (Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), Seoul National University)


The current access policies and funding schemes of computing e-infrastructures represent a huge challenge for the sustainable growth of computing e-infrastructures and a serious jeopardy for investments made into these e-infrastructures. In order to be able to address these issues, the economics of computing e-infrastructures has to be understood thoroughly. As a first step in this direction, this paper conducts a set of computing e-infrastructure case studies and discusses the economic issues of different global computing e-infrastructure efforts. The analyses results show that the major shortcomings that need to be resolved are the insufficient involvement of the private sector in the development of computing e-infrastructures, the restricted user access to e-infrastructure resources, and the lack of sustainable funding. As a solution to these shortcomings, we propose a new funding and governing model for computing e-infrastructures. It follows a token-based market mechanism that allows a business-oriented operation of the computing e-infrastructure. We argue that this new model fosters the transition towards a sustainable computing e-infrastructure, being another requirement for successfully implementing the Cloud computing vision. Our arguments are supported by an analytical analysis.

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Paper provided by Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP) in its series TEMEP Discussion Papers with number 201062.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
Date of revision: Jun 2010
Publication status: Published in Annals of Telecommunications, Springer, 2010
Handle: RePEc:snv:dp2009:201062

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Keywords: Grid and Cloud Economics; Business Models; Funding; Governance; Case Study Analysis; Sustainability; Grid Computing; High-Performance Computing; Token-Based Market Mechanism; Computing Services; Analytical Modeling;

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