For the love of grid – Joel Clark investigates the rise in popularity of computer grids supporting a variety of compute-intensive processes on the sell side and looks at how buy-side firms might benefit by deploying such technologies.

Grid has proven itself to be a significant enabler of business on the sell side and there are few tier-one banks that have not yet implemented a grid of some kind to harness their latent computing power. But as the banks have scrambled into the ring, the buy side has been lying in wait – no surprise there – and watching the technology evolve. Some funds and managers however, are now starting to dip their toes into the water and consider grid implementations. Experts are certain that the buy