The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded seven companies contracts to bring cloud computing capabilities to dispersed forces without having to reach back to data centres.
The Dispersed Computing (DCOMP) programme will examine whether it is possible to take advantage of the various computing platforms in the field to not only improve network performance, but to take advantage of the extra processing power available in nearby devices and send data to them for processing.
"We are used to thinking of cloud computing as something that goes on in these distant humungous data centres run by the Amazons and Googles of the world; those data centres have their place," Dr Stuart Wagner, DARPA DCOMP programme manager, told Jane's.
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