Abstract: Distributed computing usually provides a mechanism for multiple computers to participate in computing tasks. In distributed computing, a large computing job can be divided and sent to many computers, which communicate and coordinate via networks. In recent years, mobile devices like smartphones continue to grow in power and number, so that their combined computing capacity has increased as well. However, much of this computing capacity is wasted, because smartphones sit idle from time to time throughout the day and while charging at night. In this paper, we explore the possibility of harnessing that otherwise unused computing power of smartphones through the implementation of a mobile-based distributed computing platform designed to tackle large computing tasks. To demonstrate the capabilities of the system, we use identification of genes associated with the development of renal cancer as the computing task. Our prototype is set to identify such genes mainly using only the computing power of smartphones for statistical analysis. Performance evaluation shows our prototype design is feasible and promising compared to a centralized system running on a desktop computer.
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Recommended Citation: Wagner, J., Cao, X., (2021). A Prototype for Distributed Computing Platform using Smartphones. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research14(2) pp 14-21. http://JISAR.org/2021-2/ ISSN : 1946 - 1836. A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of CONISAR 2020