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Thursday, October 07, 2004
Telco's have shown interest in grid computing in Japan and Korea.Interestingly, the US telcos are lagging behind and show more interest in trying to apply the word grid to their own IP infrastructure. European carriers see grid as interesting to both their internal processes such as billing, and in the potential for external offerings.Although a number of the major telcos have mobile operations, it is clear that is the fixed side that is leading grid deployments. we also covered the emergence of wireless grids in our blogsite recently. Three projects lead the way in grid computing research in mobile world.
- Intel is working on linking wireless devices to create a wireless grid. Intel's long-term view is that grids will be the mechanism for connecting all digital devices. They will enable utility computing, then autonomic computing (an approach to self-managed computing systems), and will be based on commodity architectures.
- TeleCom City is examining some of the key challenges to wireless grids including security, standards and implementation challenges. On the standards side, there is a strong focus from researchers (as well as the fixed telcos) to use Web Services as the basis. On the security side, TeleCom City is exploring the use of the Friend-of-a-Friend (FOAF) protocol. In terms of implementation, a key challenge is that grids are typically based on continuously connected devices while mobile devices will need to dynamically enter and leave the grid.
-A third project is at Syracuse University, where the Wireless Grids research team is building a project known as DARC* (Dark Star). The system lets wireless devices with no prior knowledge of each other collectively record and mix an audio signal such as a concert, speech, lecture or emergency event. The project demonstrates the potential of wireless grids and distributed ad hoc resource sharing to harness the combined ability of mobile devices in social contexts outside the expected environments for computing.
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