GlobusWORLD to Become a Part of GridWorld 2006; Event Now Embraces Two Key Organizations Focused on the Pervasive Adoption of Grid – GlobusWORLD and the Global Grid Forum (GGF)

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 4, 2005 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced that GlobusWORLD(TM) will become a part of GridWorld(TM), scheduled to take place September 10-14, 2006 in Washington, D.C. GridWorld will now incorporate complementary content from two leading organizations in the grid computing market: GlobusWORLD, focused on the Globus Toolkit as the leading open source Grid infrastructure software, and the Global Grid Forum (GGF), a community of users, developers and vendors leading the global standardization effort for grid computing.

"When we launched GridWorld just a few short months ago with the active support of the Global Grid Forum, our vision was to embrace and support every facet of the industry," said David Korse, CEO, IDG World Expo. "That's why we're so delighted GlobusWORLD has chosen to become a part of GridWorld – helping to make the event a reflection of the grid ecosystem. We are actively seeking to engage with other key grid and distributed computing organizations to continue to build GridWorld into the premier venue for the delivery of cutting-edge content, research, education, product and service solutions."

GlobusWORLD, organized by the designers and developers of the open source Globus(R) Toolkit, is one of the premier events in the grid arena and has attracted a large number of attendees and exhibitors in past years. "With the GlobusWORLD presence at GridWorld, we expect to play an even larger role in supporting and accelerating the market adoption of Grid," said Greg Nawrocki, GlobusWORLD co-chair and president of the Globus Consortium.

"The GGF and Globus communities continue to build on our historically close relationship," said Mark Linesch, chairman of the GGF. "We are developing open standards for the industry, and the Globus community which builds on these standards, is a critical software and solutions partner. Working together, we can accelerate efforts toward standardization and the pervasive adoption of grid solutions for research and industry."

"Wide-scale grid adoption depends on a standards based infrastructure, open source software such as the Globus Toolkit, and a rich mix of commercial solutions," said Korse. "This joining of resources will bring cohesion to the enterprise grid market and make GridWorld the one place for the grid community to meet."

GridWorld is the premier trade event for the enterprise IT community focused on the commercial benefits of integrating and deploying Grid into core IT operations. GridWorld brings together experts in the field of grid and distributed computing, enterprise end-users and decision-makers, grid vendors, and analysts from around the world.

For more information about GridWorld, visit http://www.gridworldhome.com .

About GridWorld

GridWorld is the premier trade event for the enterprise IT community focused on the commercial benefits of integrating and deploying grids into core IT operations. For more information or to register for the event, visit the GridWorld Web site at www.gridworldhome.com . For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kevin Downey at 203.895.8243 or Kevin_downey@idg.com.

About GlobusWORLD

GlobusWORLD is the reference event for information and education on the Globus Toolkit, the open source standard for grid computing.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Wireless Sensing Solutions(R), Syndicate(TM), GridWorld(TM), Real Time CRM Solutions(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness and RoboNexus. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About the Global Grid Forum (GGF)

The Global Grid Forum (GGF) is the community of users, developers, and vendors leading the global standardization effort for grid computing. The GGF community consists of thousands of individuals in industry and research, representing over 400 organizations in more than 50 countries.

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com .

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