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Njit Computer Scientists Win a Major Grant to Network Mobile Devices in the Cloud

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Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have received a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop a platform to enable mobile devices to interact with each other through the cloud.

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The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) researchers a multi-year grant to develop a platform enabling mobile devices to interact with each other via the cloud.

The researchers say the technology will support collaborative applications in areas such as healthcare, safety, and social interaction. The mobile cloud computing platform will facilitate the creation of new applications and leverage the cloud to expand the processing power, network bandwidth, storage space, and battery life of individual devices.

"Our goal is to make smartphones smarter," says NJIT professor Christian Borcea.

Over the next three years, the researchers will create a mobile phone avatar, a cloud-based software surrogate of the phone, write a program that enables devices to interact, and find ways to improve application functionality and performance in the cloud.

"If our technology is successful, the number of applications could expand dramatically and so we will also be thinking about how the structure of the cloud would have to change to support this distributed mobile computing," Borcea says.

The researchers also are developing ways to improve the speed of applications and programs in the cloud through novel load-balancing and scheduling algorithms.

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