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International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications

ISSN: 1742-7371

Online from: 2005

Subject Area: Information and Knowledge Management

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Expanding mobile ad hoc grids with wired grid resources


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Title:Expanding mobile ad hoc grids with wired grid resources
Author(s):Antônio Tadeu A. Gomes, (National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC), Petrópolis, Brazil), Artur Ziviani, (National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC), Petrópolis, Brazil), Bruno F. Bastos, (National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC), Petrópolis, Brazil), Luciana S. Lima, (National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC), Petrópolis, Brazil)
Citation:Antônio Tadeu A. Gomes, Artur Ziviani, Bruno F. Bastos, Luciana S. Lima, (2008) "Expanding mobile ad hoc grids with wired grid resources", International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, Vol. 4 Iss: 4, pp.354 - 370
Keywords:Computer networks, Mobile communication systems, Wireless
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17427370810932132 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors are grateful to Bruno Schulze (LNCC) for making available the access to the grids of the Integridade project. This work is partially sponsored by the Brazilian funding agencies FAPERJ and CNPq.
Abstract:

Purpose – Although wireless grids have been originally thought of as isolated processing clusters, the possibility of their approaching – and connecting to – a fixed network allows for a huge expansion of their processing power, due to the resources available in wired grids potentially accessible through such a network. The interoperation of mobile ad hoc grids and resources available in wired grids is, however, a problem still to be tackled in the literature. The purpose of this paper is to tackle this problem.

Design/methodology/approach – A prototype is developed to demonstrate the feasibility of the interoperation between wireless and wired grids, thus providing a basis for the development of novel applications that can build on this interoperation.

Findings – The outcome of the paper comprises the analysis of the necessary requirements for the interoperation between wireless and wired grids, the proposal of two different interoperation approaches, and the provision of a qualitative assessment of the implications of these approaches.

Research limitations/implications – There are many points that the authors intend to address as future work. First, they are aware of the need for performing some quantitative analyses of their proxy implementations. Second, they intend to investigate the possibility of mobile ad hoc grids to process tasks coming from wired grids. Third, they are interested in allowing the submission of tasks that present interdependencies (workflows) from mobile devices in the mobile ad hoc grid.

Practical implications – The paper investigates the interoperation of wireless and wired grids. Such an interoperation may open new perspectives of practical use of wireless devices in scenarios such as emergency response networks and field research systems, to name a few.

Originality/value – The paper provides a first step into the interoperation of wireless and wired grids, thus yielding a basis for the development of novel applications that can build upon this interoperation. This is believed to be of interest to both the grid and mobile computing communities.



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