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The European Commission is putting €52m (£35m) into 12 projects which aim to get the benefits of Grid computing out of computer labs and into industry and business. Business competitiveness will increase if the technology becomes more widely available, the EC says.

Four projects will receive €9m each. These are: Simdat, which is developing Grid applications for automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries; Nextgrid, which is looking at Grid architecture,;Akogrimo, which is working on mobile technologies and Internet Protocol version 6 ;and Coregrid, which is helping different research centres work together. Eight smaller projects are getting the rest of the money.

Olli Rehn, enterprise and information society commissioner, said: “These projects will accelerate Europe’s drive to turn its substantial Grid research investment into tangible economic benefits. Greater use of Grid tools is key for mobilising Europe’s scientific and technological capital to deliver greater competitiveness and better products.”

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