Some of the 120,000 computers in Singapore schools will be linked up to become part of the Singapore Grid, a high speed network that allows users to collaborate by sharing computing resources on the Internet, Channel NewsAsia reported Tuesday.
It said that Singapore is believed to be among the pioneers in the world to extend grid computing beyond research institutes.
The plan aims to pool the unused resources of these computers and to tap into the collective creativity of students as they will be able to carry out sophisticated projects like animation and DNA sequencing for life sciences through grid computing.
With the launch of the PC (personal computer) Grid Computing for Schools program, some 120,000 Singapore dollars (about 71,000 US dollars) will be allocated to Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong Institution, the first two schools to set up their grids.
Singapore launched the National Grid Pilot Platform in November 2003, regarding this information technology infrastructure as an economic asset which will enhance its future competitiveness.