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Edge Grid

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000146908D
Original Publication Date: 2007-Feb-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Feb-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is software for managing grid devices that do not have direct internet access. Grids are collections of computing devices working toward a common goal. Many consumer electronics have computing resources that could be utilized to work on grid problems, but do not have direct internet access. A solution is needed to harness the computing resources of non-internet connected devices for grid computing purposes.

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Edge Grid

Disclosed is software for managing grid devices that do not have direct internet access. Grids are collections of computing devices working toward a common goal. For example, a grid of devices may be working to discover a cure for a particular medical issue. Grid problems are generally CPU and memory intensive. Thus, the more devices in a grid, the more computing power there is to work on the grid problem. Grid devices are usually laptops, desktops, and servers that people use at work and at home. An operator downloads a grid application which uses an operator's computer resources when the computer resources are determined to be idle. The grid application frequently downloads grid work items from the internet grid server and uploads grid work results to the internet grid server. Many consumer electronics have computing resources that could be utilized to work on grid problems, but do not have direct internet access. A solution is needed to harness the computing resources of non-internet connected devices for grid computing purposes.

     There are many consumer electronics in use that do not have direct internet access. For example select PDAs, cell phones, MP3 players and handheld gaming devices have significant computing power but can not access the internet on their own. Many of these devices can, however, connect or synchronize with a laptop, desktop, or server which does have internet access.

     In one example, a person gets home from work and places their cell phone in a cradle connected to their internet connected desktop. Upon insertion into the cradle,
the cell phone automatically synchronizes data with the desktop. The cradle also charges the cell phone battery. The user has installed a grid application on the desktop...