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Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work


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In cloud computing, a laptop can access software, applications, and information that is stored online rather than on local hardware.

Universitat Politcnica de Catalunya

Cloud computing has the potential to create irreversible changes in how computers are used around the world, says David Carrera, director of the Cloud Computing (CC) research team at Spain's Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC). Carrera says cloud computing technology's objective is to move any applications stored on a computer to a remote location, eliminating all the standard components, including operating systems and hard drives, which are necessary in today's computers and make them accessible online through a standard browser. Traditional computers will become obsolete, and instead of traveling with laptops, users will be able to rent a computer and access all of the information and programs online.

Carrera says the ultimate goal of cloud computing is to mix and manage applications in an intelligent manner. For example, cloud computing could be used to create software that monitors the response of a machine or appliance in real time and controls its power supply, optimizing energy use and saving money, Carrera says.

The CC team is researching systems for coordinating the thousands of terminals and nodes that compose the cloud, a major concern of technology companies. "By applying artificial intelligence to the cloud, we are hoping to develop a system through which computers can manage themselves," says UPC professor Ricard Gavalda.

From Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
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