One of the event's major themes is how and why grids should be (and are) converging around interoperable standards. The Globus Alliance provides an open source-based toolkit (GT4) that no attempt at grid deployment should be without. Judging by the way Web services standards such as WS-Security, SOAP-based messaging and the WS-I's basic Web services profile are an integral part of the standard grid playbook, grids are rapidly turning into a proving ground for service-oriented architectures (SOAs).
With standards playing such a prevalent role in grid evolution, this week's event reminds me of the early days of Interop (now called Networld+Interop), when people -- mostly the innovators in bridging and routing technologies -- gathered to discuss and feature interoperable networking technologies well before networking exploded onto the scene to the point that it just became baked into the fabric of everything we do. Grid technology, as far as I can tell, is destined for the same future as networking was back in its embryonic days. As soon as the technology -- largely relegated to the academic and scientific communities for now -- has a few really big corporate success stories (note Sun's efforts with it utility computing rollout) under its belt and it's clear there's money to be made, the commercial feeding frenzy will begin and events like GlobusWorld will transition into much bigger events and showcases. Noticeably absent from the event is Microsoft. I'll have more tomorrow after I've had the opportunity to digest today's notes.