What do financial markets have in common with IT infrastructure and applications? Complexity.
Displaying a huge, dynamically changing process of trading and investing across industries and geographies around the world is a challenge. Reducing this complexity for easy interpretation by human beings is of high value for monitoring, analysis and decision making, like for example SmartMoney.com's Map of the Market.
The same applies to large-scale IT, in particular grid-type infrastructure services, comprising thousands of processors, storage and network facilities. Can it be done?
Yes, a unique, new way of top-level, flexible visualization of all kinds of decision-oriented parameters for monitoring a complex, federated eScience IT environment is using GridMaps*.
The size of the colored area attracts your attention corresponding to the importance of the underlying subject, e.g. the number of servers for a given site. This practical innovation currently helps handle the operational complexity of more than 50'000 geographically distributed CPUs, running more than 100'000 jobs/day.