To provide the necessary bandwidth and processing capabilities for this endeavor, the Grid will rely on a network that will draw both storage space and processing power from linked computers. Quoting Francois Grey of CERN's Computing Center, MSNBC says the Grid will be structured like a pyramid "so that Tier 1 computers feed the data to more than 50 Tier 2 computers in various regions . . . Those computers, in turn, distribute the data to the home institutions for all of the 7,000-plus collaborators in the LHC experiments."
Unsurprisingly, some organizations plan to use Grid technology for applications unrelated to the LHC. Among them are the Open Science Grid and Enabling Grids for E-sciencE initiatives, but MSNBC says Francois Grey "foresees a day when climate modelers, genetics researchers, oil and gas prospectors and others who have to deal with large, dynamic data sets will get into Grids as well." According to Grey, Grid services will work behind the scenes for Web services that rely on them.