MobiShare : mobile computing with no strings attached
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In today’s world, technology is growing at a fast rate compared at other times. Sales have increased in the smart phone market, which has created new opportunities in pervasive computing. In pervasive computing, nodes enter and leave a network at any time. Within the network, nodes can transfer data to other nodes. The information is not retained in any static location such as a server. The mobile infrastructure requires a way to handle all the information in a dynamic way. The use of a centralized server in a mobile environment creates deterioration in the performance of obtaining information. The main goal of this paper is to provide data persistence using a “substrate” that is inherently not persistent. The data will be stored within the network for availability to all users. Saving data within a network would provide a means to obtain any type of information without relying on the source of where the data came from in the network. Users would also be able to continue downloading where they left off when they return to the network. Consider an environment where people can share music or books. For example, say that John Doe was searching for a particular song to download and in the network Jane has the song that was requested. John decides to download the song without knowing that it is from Jane. Then John decides to leave the network and the download stops. Whenever John rejoins the network the download of his song will continue where he left off, and his ability to access the information will not depend whether or not Jane is present in the network. John may retrieve the file from any other user who has the exact same file. The requested information that the user queries in a search engine will be stored as a metadata within the network, either by other nodes or a temporary server. This allows data to be obtained without relying on the "main user" or creator of the data to be present in the network. The users would also be able to retrieve the data at multiple times.