Wireless distributed computing: A survey of research challenges

Dinesh Datla, Xuetao Chen, Thomas Tsou, Sahana Raghunandan, S. M.Shajedul Hasan, Jeffrey H. Reed, Carl B. Dietrich, Tamal Bose, Bruce Fette, Jeong Ho Kim

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Recent advancements in radio technology provide great flexibility and enhanced capabilities in executing wireless services. One of these capabilities that can provide significant advantages over traditional approaches is the concept of collaborative computing in wireless networks. With collaborative radio nodes, multiple independent radio nodes operate together to form a wireless distributed computing (WDC) network with significantly increased performance, operating efficiency, and abilities over a single node. WDC exploits wireless connectivity to share processing- intensive tasks among multiple devices. The goals are to reduce per-node and network resource requirements, and enable complex applications not otherwise possible, e.g., image processing in a network of small form factor radio nodes. As discussed in this article, WDC research aims to quantify the benefits of distributed processing over local processing, extend traditional distributed computing (DC) approaches to allow operation in dynamic radio environments, and meet design and implementation challenges unique to WDC with the help of recently available enabling technologies, such as software radios and cognitive radios.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6122545
Pages (from-to)144-152
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

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Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the Office of Naval Research for its sponsorship (grant N30001407010536) of our research; DARPA (NSWCDD contract number N00178-09-D-3017); the Korean National Research Foundation (NRF) for its sponsorship of Dr. Jeong-Ho Kim (this research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the NRF of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, grant number : 2010-0008916); Dr. Maleq Khan (Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech) for his valuable comments; and Cyndy Graham (Wireless@Virginia Tech) for proofreading this article.


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