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Is grid computing on mobile devices a possibility?

Grid computing or distributed computing refers to a technique in which a central server breaks a large computational problem into a set of independent workloads and sends it to a number of connected autonomous computing nodes having their own local memory, storage and CPU. These nodes then operate on the workload using their own computing resources, gather the computational results, send it back to the parent server and download a new set of workload for processing.

This paper explores the possibilities of using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets in the area of grid computing/distributed computing, talks about progress that has already been made in this direction and outlines techniques to be adopted for a successful implementation.