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SNAP Computing: Wireless Location-based Plug and Play

Christian, Andrew; Avery, Brian; Ayer, Steven; Bomba, Frank; Hicks, Jamey


Keyword(s): wireless networking; secure distributed computing; recombinant; modular component computing; location awareness

Abstract: This paper outlines SNAP, a new research effort to create a wireless modular computing environment. SNAP computing eliminates the wires between components to give users the flexibility to mix, match, and share all available resources. Each component provides services as an intelligent, self-contained entity; e.g. keyboards and mice process user input, video screens and audio speakers give feedback, and disk drives provide storage. Device services can be shared, and persistent, peer-to-peer relationships are allowed. All components conduct authenticated, authorized and encrypted communications via IPv6 in a location-aware space. Our project goal is to develop, build, and test the architecture, protocols, and a representative set of components necessary to constitute the springboard for a new and novel approach to congregating computing elements. Notes: Published in HP Appliance Aggregation Workshop, 25 June 2002, Palo Alto, CA

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