There is a new buzz in the Cloud Computing community
A researcher from Barkley (Intel research to be exact) named Byung-Gon Chun did the unthinkable and made his smart phone interact with a cloud computing facility to extend the phones computational skill and prolong the battery life while utilizing the big bandwidth he has.
The ability to replicate your phone on the net in a cloud computing environment and let the cloud do the hard computational effort for your phone enabled him to put Face recognition software on his phone and make it send the photo to a replica of his phone on the cloud to get the match. this saved him 2 secs and cut the process into a third of its time to 1 sec.
The CloneCloud is a nice idea but is it a viable solution?
The vulnerabilities in putting part of your OS on a hosted environment and communicate with it over open communication channels are vast. viruses can intercept the communication and do lots of harmful actions. from merely eaves dropping to a replacement of the returned result with a false data containing an executable virus.
It also creates a hosted environment that is storing your personal data and uses Machine to Machine communication preventing captcha and other human identifications methods.
But with all the potential problems i think that the design is the worst. it is a flawed design resembling the mainframe only in an open environment assuming that we have our connectivity at all times and that our privet data is to be remotely accessed for the benefit of the performance.
We have CPU design to solve that. dont we? arent intel drifting away from their core business?
turning into the black giant nicked IBM to hide their inability to produce more energy efficient more powerful CPU for the mobile market.
The mobile market was always a sore thorn in the Intel history. Intel was always the underdog for the mobile market and only sub par Microsoft Mobile OS was running on it. most of the market was relaying on other CPU manufacturer with better products.
So are we seeing Intel riding the Cloud to get some hype back into slow and sluggish Wintel ME market?
I only hope that Byung-Gon Chun and Petros Maniatis will get recognized in the community as innovators to some extent.