Programmers Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What is the difference between eScience infrastructures and grid computing or distributed computing infrastructures? And what are some of their examples.

I can not distinguish them clearly. Is it how a grid is used make it an e-science platform?

share|improve this question
it is just naming conventions and some buzz words. what is your research about? – Yusubov Oct 14 '12 at 3:13
@ElYusubov I have to make a system for escience platform to help the researchers – LifeH2O Oct 14 '12 at 23:12

eScience appears to be a British governmental term for Computational Science done on distributed computing systems and the surrounding infrastructure such as databases and the like. The term in the United States is "Cyberinfrastructure"...because it was the 90s and Al Gore was involved. Both appear to be largely governmental terms for specifically governmental projects involving large scale computing involving scientific research.

share|improve this answer
I have started a (MS) research project on E-Science platforms. Like you have said, the e-science uses immense datasets for research and relies on large distributed computing systems. I am told the neuGRID is an e-science platform and also the LHC computing grid. But I found that neuGRID was listed under with many others and not under the I am interested in knowing what other e-science platforms are there as well. – LifeH2O Oct 13 '12 at 13:42

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.