Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Cell Phone Clouds

PostedMay 24, 2009

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Randy Atkins: Your cell phone may do a lot of cool stuff, but its batteries, processor, and memory still can’t compete with your desktop computer.  

Petros Maniatis: The more complex you get with your expectations, the more requirements your applications have on the phone’s resources.

Randy Atkins: Petros Maniatis, an Intel researcher, points to security as an example.  He says a virus scan performed within your smart phone would take way too long and gulp power.  The solution may lie in so-called “cloud computing,” where data is beamed…

Petros Maniatis: …off to a cloud somewhere, to a server machine sitting somewhere far away, and you do the scanning there.  So it takes energy, but it doesn’t take the energy from your battery.

Randy Atkins: There are still engineering challenges to synching “cloud” with phone, but you may one day carry the power of thousands of desktops in your pocket.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.