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Mobile Clouds: Exploiting Distributed Resources in Wireless, Mobile and Social Networks

Book Description

Includes a preface written by Professor Leonard Kleinrock, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, UCLA, USA

This book discusses and explores the concept of mobile cloud, creating an inspiring research space for exploiting opportunistic resource sharing, and covering from theoretical research approaches to the development of commercially profitable ideas.

A mobile cloud is a cooperative arrangement of dynamically connected communication nodes sharing opportunistic resources. In this book, authors provide a comprehensive and motivating overview of this rapidly emerging technology. The book explores how distributed resources can be shared by mobile users in very different ways and for various purposes. The book provides many stimulating examples of resource-sharing applications. Enabling technologies for mobile clouds are also discussed, highlighting the key role of network coding. Mobile clouds have the potential to enhance communications performance, improve utilization of resources and create flexible platforms to share resources in very novel ways.

Energy efficient aspects of mobile clouds are discussed in detail, showing how being cooperative can bring mobile users significant energy saving. The book presents and discusses multiple examples of mobile clouds applications, based on both existing commercial initiatives as well as proof-of-concept test-beds. Visions and prospects are also discussed, paving the way for further development. As mobile networks and social networks become more and more reliant on each other, the concept of resource sharing takes a wider and deeper meaning, creating the foundations for a global real-time multidimensional resource pool, the underlying infrastructure for shareconomy. Above all, this is an inspiring book for anyone who is concerned about the future of wireless and mobile communications networks and their relationship with Social networks.

Key Features:

  • Provides fundamental ideas and promising concepts for exploiting opportunistic cooperation and cognition in wireless and mobile networks

  • Gives clear definitions of mobile clouds from different perspectives

  • Associates mobile and wireless networks with social networks, creating a vast fertile ground for novel developments in both research and practical applications

  • Considers research directions, emerging trends and visions

  • This book is an excellent resource for wireless/networking researchers in industry and academia, students and mobile phone programmers. Managers interested in new technology developments, service providers, network operators, and those working in the gaming industry will also find the book insightful.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Dedication
    5. Foreword
    6. Preface
      1. Putting Mobile Clouds into Context
      2. Mobile Clouds
      3. Aims of the Book
      4. Organization of the Book
      5. References
    7. Acknowledgements
    8. Abbreviations
    9. Part One: Mobile Clouds: Introduction and Background
      1. Chapter 1: Motivation
        1. 1.1 Introduction
        2. 1.2 From Brick Phones to Smart Phones
        3. 1.3 Mobile Connectivity Evolution: From Single to Multiple Air Interface Devices
        4. 1.4 Network Evolution: The Need for Advanced Architectures
        5. 1.5 Conclusion
        6. References
      2. Chapter 2: Mobile Clouds: An Introduction
        1. 2.1 Introduction
        2. 2.2 Mobile Cloud Definitions
        3. 2.3 Cooperation and Cognition in Mobile Clouds
        4. 2.4 Mobile Cloud Classification and Associated Cooperation Approaches
        5. 2.5 Types of Cooperation and Incentives
        6. 2.6 Conclusion
        7. References
      3. Chapter 3: Sharing Device Resources in Mobile Clouds
        1. 3.1 Introduction
        2. 3.2 Examples of Resource Sharing
        3. 3.3 Sharing Loudspeakers
        4. 3.4 Sharing Microphones
        5. 3.5 Sharing Image Sensors
        6. 3.6 Sharing Displays
        7. 3.7 Sharing General–Purpose Sensors
        8. 3.8 Sharing Keyboards
        9. 3.9 Sharing Data Pipes
        10. 3.10 Sharing Mobile Apps
        11. 3.11 Sharing Mass Memory
        12. 3.12 Sharing Processing Units
        13. 3.13 Sharing Batteries
        14. 3.14 Conclusion
        15. References
    10. Part Two: Enabling Technologies for Mobile Clouds
      1. Chapter 4: Wireless Communication Technologies
        1. 4.1 Introduction
        2. 4.2 Cellular Communications Systems
        3. 4.3 Short–Range Technologies
        4. 4.4 Combined Air Interface
        5. 4.5 Building Mobile Clouds
        6. 4.6 Conclusion
        7. References
      2. Chapter 5: Network Coding for Mobile Clouds
        1. 5.1 Introduction to Network Coding
        2. 5.2 Inter–Flow Network Coding
        3. 5.3 Inter–Flow Network Coding for User Cooperation in Mobile Clouds
        4. 5.4 Intra–Flow Network Coding
        5. 5.5 Intra–Flow Network Coding for User Cooperation in Mobile Clouds
        6. 5.6 Conclusion
        7. References
      3. Chapter 6: Mobile Cloud Formation and Maintenance
        1. 6.1 Introduction
        2. 6.2 Mobile Cloud Stages
        3. 6.3 Service Discovery for Mobile Clouds
        4. 6.4 Conclusion
        5. References
    11. Part Three: Social Aspects of Mobile Clouds
      1. Chapter 7: Cooperative Principles by Nature
        1. 7.1 Introduction
        2. 7.2 Cheetahs and Hyenas
        3. 7.3 Orca – Killer Whales
        4. 7.4 Vampire Bats
        5. 7.5 Monkeys
        6. 7.6 Prisoner’s Dilemma
        7. 7.7 Conclusion
        8. References
      2. Chapter 8: Social Mobile Clouds
        1. 8.1 Introduction
        2. 8.2 Different Forms of Cooperation
        3. 8.3 Social Networks and Mobile Clouds
        4. 8.4 Cooperation in Relaying Networks: A Simple Example
        5. 8.5 Conclusion
        6. References
    12. Part Four: Green Aspects of Mobile Clouds
      1. Chapter 9: Green Mobile Clouds: Making Mobile Devices More Energy Efficient
        1. 9.1 Introduction
        2. 9.2 Cooperative Download
        3. 9.3 Cooperative Streaming
        4. 9.4 Comparison of the Different Approaches
        5. 9.5 Conclusion and Outlook
        6. 9.6 Energy Gain for the Network Operator
        7. 9.7 Conclusion
        8. References
    13. Part Five: Application of Mobile Clouds
      1. Chapter 10: Mobile Clouds Applications
        1. 10.1 Introduction
        2. 10.2 Forced Cooperation – Overlay Network
        3. 10.3 Technology--enabled Cooperation – Overlay Network
        4. 10.4 Socially--enabled Cooperation Overlay Network
        5. 10.5 Altruism – Overlay Network
        6. 10.6 Forced Cooperation – Direct Mobile Cloud
        7. 10.7 Technically--enabled Cooperation – Direct Mobile Cloud
        8. 10.8 Socially--enabled Cooperation – Direct Mobile Cloud
        9. 10.9 Altruism: Direct Mobile Cloud
        10. 10.10 Industrial Activities
        11. 10.11 Conclusion
        12. References
    14. Part Six: Mobile Clouds: Prospects and Conclusions
      1. Chapter 11: Visions and Prospects
        1. 11.1 Some Insights on the Future Developments of Mobile Clouds
        2. 11.2 Mobile Clouds and Related Technology Developments
        3. 11.3 Promising Novel Applications of Mobile Clouds
        4. 11.4 Resource Sharing as one of the Pillars of Social Interaction: the Birth of Shareconomy
        5. References
    15. Index