The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is testing new software-based approaches for creating cloud-like computing networks using smartphones and radios. "With 64 gigabytes of storage in a single smartphone, a squad of nine troops could have more than half a terabyte of cloud storage," says DARPA Content-Based Mobile Edge Networking (CBMEN) program manager Keith Gremban.
Using CBMEN software uploaded to smartphones and military radios, soldiers can communicate with each other even when they are unable to reach higher-level headquarters units. The software converts each user's mobile device into a server, so content is generated, maintained, and distributed hyperlocally. "CBMEN puts secure, private collaboration and cloud storage in your pocket," Gremban says.
DARPA is currently in the second phase of testing, during which it is developing ways to improve the efficiency of the information exchange and strengthen security. DARPA wants to reduce the number of transmissions and amount of bandwidth needed, which also will save power.
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