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In this introductory chapter, we lay the groundwork for the rest of the book by providing a more detailed picture of the expected purpose, shape, and architecture of future grid systems. We structure the chapter in terms of six questions that we believe are central to this discussion: Why do we need computational grids? What types of applications will grids be used for? Who will use grids? How will grids be used? What is involved in building a grid? And, what problems must be solved to make grids commonplace? We provide an overview of each of these issues here, referring to subsequent chapters for more detailed discussion.