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Cloud@Home: Goals, Challenges, and Benefits of a Volunteer Cloud

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University of Messina professors Salvatore Distefano and Antonio Puliafito suggest using cloud-based volunteer computing, known as Cloud@Home, to solve many of the issues relating to current cloud-computing systems.

Cloud@Home merges volunteer and cloud computing goals, and could be applied to commercial clouds as well. Distefano and Puliafito say the system could have both free and pay-per-use models, and it could be a good way to convert projects started with grid computing and other distributed infrastructures into cloud computing. The Cloud@Home paradigm would consist of open clouds that identify groups of shared resources and services, commercial clouds that characterize companies selling their computing resources, and hybrid clouds that can provide and buy services.

The researchers say Cloud@Home also could be used by research groups, public administrators, social communities, and small and medium-sized businesses. Cloud@Home users can be both clients and active parts of the computing and storage infrastructure simultaneously.

The Cloud@Home infrastructure will be separated into three layers. The Frontend Layer will globally manage resources and services, the Virtual Layer will implement a homogeneous view of the distributed cloud system, and the Physical Layer will provide physical resources and software.

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A really interesting ideas, that could become achievable and effective in 5-10 years.


Very interesting, one of the best ideas in the Cloud scenario.

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