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Distributed Computing and Networking

Volume 6522 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 29-40

Unclouded Vision

  • Jon CrowcroftAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityComputer Laboratory, Cambridge University
  • , Anil MadhavapeddyAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityComputer Laboratory, Cambridge University
  • , Malte SchwarzkopfAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityComputer Laboratory, Cambridge University
  • , Theodore HongAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityComputer Laboratory, Cambridge University
  • , Richard MortierAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityHorizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham

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Abstract

Current opinion and debate surrounding the capabilities and use of the Cloud is particularly strident. By contrast, the academic community has long pursued completely decentralised approaches to service provision. In this paper we contrast these two extremes, and propose an architecture, Droplets, that enables a controlled trade-off between the costs and benefits of each. We also provide indications of implementation technologies and three simple sample applications that substantially benefit by exploiting these trade-offs.