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There are currently millions of heavily underutilized devices in the world. The storage, networking, sensing and computational power of laptops, smartphones, routers and base stations grows with each new version and product release. Why not put all those extra gigabytes of memory and those powerful processing units to work collaboratively and expand the services available to all of us?
According to Moore's Law, which states that computer power doubles every two years at the same cost, products keep getting ever better and more useful. For most of us, that means going for exponential growth in speed and storage capacity, but the reality is that the capabilities of these devices go largely underused. Researchers at IMDEA Networks are exploring this opportunity with the development of the novel DisCoEdge system, which aims to transform the conception of device ownership to improve current utilities and create new services.
DisCoEdge - Aims - Tasks - Storage - Devices
DisCoEdge aims to spread heavy computational tasks and large storage over many simple devices at the edge of the internet (e.g. using your home router) or by using people's hand-held or portable smart devices. This groundbreaking idea opens the possibility of a new marketplace of private and business users similar to a social network marketplace, where it will possible to buy or sell the partial use of personal or industry devices to store information, run programs, mine data, etc. This may enable novel applications such as commuters working cooperatively to download and share entertainment content on the go, corporate storage systems (similar to Dropbox or Google Drive) that use workers' smartphones and laptops, or home devices that share disk space for caching videos and music.
"The system aims for energy and cost efficiency. There will be no need to access a cellular network or use WiFi for the system to operate, since people's devices could also...
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