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Alabama Researcher Devises a Way to Harness ­nused Iot Power

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Artist's conception of the Internet of Things ecosystem.

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have developed a computer architecture that allows people to harness the unused computer cycles generated by smart home devices.


University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers have developed Aura, a computer architecture that would let people harness all of the unused computer cycles generated by their smart home devices.

Aura can connect hundreds of devices to make them work as a single computational resource. For example, an Aura-based system could provide extra computational power to complete jobs that otherwise might require a desktop computer to complete.

With Aura, "everybody will become a cloud services provider," says UAB professor Ragib Hasan. He notes that by 2020, the world will have 26 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices, all of which will have leftover unused computational cycles.

Hasan says the key to realizing the potential of these devices is having them based on just a few operating systems, much like today's desktop computers predominately run Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Agreeing on a single or small number of open IoT platforms will enable developers to write software that can be used effectively across many devices.

Hasan's team already has started developing the needed software, building off of Google MapReduce. The software can run jobs in a similar manner, but uses smaller IoT devices instead of servers.

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