1st International Workshop on Mobile Cloud Computing

Research Article

Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth: Transient PCs Everywhere

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-29336-8_20,
        author={Mahadev Satyanarayanan and Stephen Smaldone and Benjamin Gilbert and Jan Harkes and Liviu Iftode},
        title={Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth: Transient PCs Everywhere},
        proceedings={1st International Workshop on Mobile Cloud Computing},
        proceedings_a={MOBICLOUD},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-29336-8_20}
    }
    
  • Mahadev Satyanarayanan
    Stephen Smaldone
    Benjamin Gilbert
    Jan Harkes
    Liviu Iftode
    Year: 2012
    Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth: Transient PCs Everywhere
    MOBICLOUD
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29336-8_20
Mahadev Satyanarayanan1, Stephen Smaldone2, Benjamin Gilbert1, Jan Harkes1, Liviu Iftode2
  • 1: Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2: Rutgers University

Abstract

The convergence of cloud computing with mobile computing opens the door to the creation of new applications and services that can be delivered to users at any time and any place. At the heart of this convergence lies a delicate balance between centralization and decentralization. We explore the forces underlying this balance, and examine the role of virtual machine (VM) technology. We observe that a VM-based model of cloud computing called a offers an approach to “carry-nothing” mobile computing that harnesses the full power of local hardware at the edges of the Internet. In particular, we show how a zero-install Transient PC implementation can safely use local storage.