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Putting Underused Smart Devices to Work


The new system would tap unused computing and storage capacity in many devices.

A system devised by researchers at IMDEA Networks Institute in Spain aims to transform the concept of device ownership to improve current utilities and create new services.

Credit: IMDEA.org

Researchers at IMDEA Networks Institute in Spain have developed DisCoEdge, a system that aims to transform the concept of device ownership to improve current utilities and create new services.

DisCoEdge distributes major computational tasks and large storage over many simple devices at the "edge" of the Internet, such as home routers and mobile devices.

This concept could lead to a new market that private and business users may join as if it were a social network marketplace, buying or selling the partial use of personal or industry devices to store information, run a program, or mine data, among other uses.

IMDEA Networks researcher Antonio Fernández Anta says, "The key idea behind DisCoEdge is not to generate a market of free agents, but rather a platform that acts as a market broker, an intermediary, and provides guarantees."

From IMDEA Networks
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