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Determinants of Participation in Global Volunteer Grids: A Cross-Country Analysis

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  • Junseok Hwang

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  • Jorn Altmann

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  • Ashraf Bany Mohammed

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

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Volunteer Grids, in which users share computing resources altruistically, play a critical role in fostering research. Sharing and collaboration in Volunteer Grids is determined by many factors. These determinants define the participation in Grids and the amount of contribution to such Grids. Whereas previous studies focused on explaining researchers¡¯ and countries¡¯ willingness to share resources in Volunteer Grids based on social sharing theory, this research argues that without the appropriate technological capabilities, countries or researcher cannot implement their willingness. Based on the literature review, this paper defines the influential determinants for participating in global Volunteer Grids. Besides, this research employs a multiple regression analysis of these determinants, using a total of 130 observations collected from international data repositories. Our results show that R&D and Internet connection type (broadband or dial-up) are significant determinates for participating in Volunteer Grids. This result explains why developed countries are active and enjoy the benefits from Volunteer Grids, while developing countries still lag behind. Therefore, an increased participation in Grids cannot be solely achieved by interconnecting with developing countries through high-speed Internet backbones.

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  • Junseok Hwang & Jorn Altmann & Ashraf Bany Mohammed, 2010. "Determinants of Participation in Global Volunteer Grids: A Cross-Country Analysis," TEMEP Discussion Papers 201040, Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), revised Jan 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:snv:dp2009:201040
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    1. Ashraf Bany Mohammed & Jorn Altmann, 2010. "A Funding and Governing Model for Achieving Sustainable Growth of Computing e-Infrastructures," TEMEP Discussion Papers 201062, Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), revised Jun 2010.

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    Keywords

    Determinants; Grid computing; volunteer computing; adoption; Grid economics; regression analysis; infrastructure funding; developing countries;

    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • L17 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Open Source Products and Markets
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • L88 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Government Policy
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
    • L98 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Government Policy
    • M15 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - IT Management

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