updated 03:20 pm EDT, Fri May 8, 2009
CloneCloud phone boost
Two Intel research scientists from Berkeley, Byung-Gon Chun and Petros Maniatis, have created an new service called CloneCloud, aiming to provide extra processing power for cellphones. The service uses a smartphone's Internet access to offload processing to a remote server. This decreases the amount of local CPU usage for the phone, which also aids in extending battery life.
Some problems may lie ahead for CloneCloud, including network latency and bandwidth limitations. When entering a cellular dead zone, the CloneCloud system is also rendered completely ineffective. The CloneCloud prototype runs on Google's Android platform, and will be publicly demonstrated for the first time at the HotOS XII conference in Switzerland later this month.