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Mobile Network-Based Grid Computing System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022285D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a system to harness the unused computing power of idle mobile devices (e.g. cell phones) by transforming the mobile devices to computing nodes on a grid computing system, creating a Mobile Network-based Grid Computing System. The employment of mobile devices as nodes is a novel concept introduced in this disclosure. This document conceptualizes the architecture for such a mobile network based grid computing system.

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Mobile Network-Based Grid Computing System

Disclosed is a system to harness the unused computing power of idle mobile devices by transforming the mobile devices to computing nodes on a grid computing system, creating a Mobile Network-based Grid Computing System. The employment of mobile devices as nodes is a novel concept introduced in this disclosure. The increasing computing power in mobile devices such as cell phones provides an alternative means of harnessing computing power for grid computing. Theoretically, the collective computing power of millions of idle mobile devices
(e.g. cell phones) can be harnessed to provide a base for the processing engine for performing computations. Most of the time, the mobile devices are in stand-by mode, and all the individual computing power is being unused. The added inherent wireless dimension enhances the flexibility and scope of the grid, and potentially millions of mobile devices that are in idle mode can be harnessed at the same time to provide a substantial grid computing platform. This document conceptualizes the architecture for such a mobile network based grid computing system.

Architecture

One conceptual configuration that presents itself consists of the following components (refer to Figure below):

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Figure: Mobile Network-based Grid Computing System Architecture

A. Grid Computing Host System (Block A on Figure):

This system forms the origination of the computing requirements and will interface with other systems feeding in the raw data to be processed. The grid computing host system consists of a single, or a cluster of high performance parallel processing computers whose collective processing will require coordinating software that primarily creates an illusion of one host machine. The host system will have all the necessary data processing rules and algorithms that are needed for the computation process. This is similar to conventional grids, though the nature

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of the computing nodes is changed to heterogeneous mobile devices. The main functions of the host will be to procure data from feed systems, collate data to form data packets and business rules and regulate flow of data to the Grid-Mobile Network Interfacing System (GMNIS). B. Grid-Mobile Network Interfacing System (GMNIS) (Block B on Figure) This system will interface between the Grid Computing Host System and the existing infrastructure of the mobile communication systems. The prima...