Trading Processor Cycles for Communication

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Title: Trading Processor Cycles for Communication
Author: Paul, Arnab ; Ray, Rahul ; Ramachandran, Umakishore
Abstract: "Trade computation for communication whenever possible" has been the conventional wisdom to save bandwidth and power in wireless domain. We glanced at the merging trends of technology and the applications, and identified a number of areas where the processor cycles can be traded for network bandwidth. These areas are - file transfer, shared document edits, remote authentication, and verification of remotely available codes. We collect and present some of the theory-paradigms that have given birth to results potentially usable towards saving bandwidth at the cost of computation. We hope to make a case for incorporating the insights collected in this paper from various fields of complexity theory, into the design of network protocols for the future. In the penumbra of this over-arching goal, we also suggest how the engine of "Probabilistic Checking of Proofs" (PCP) can be used for remote authentication purposes, resulting in much smaller network overhead and leading to very efficient usage of bandwidth and power. Whether this seems to be an interesting route, we then present the algorithmic challenges that need be solved and argue why such a theoretical cranking may be just as worth.
Type: Technical Report
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/90
Date: 2004
Relation: CERCS;GIT-CERCS-04-05
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Bandwidth
Communication
Computation
Network protocols
PCP
Processor cycles
Tradeoffs
Wireless domains
Probabilistic Checking of Proofs

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