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Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth: Transient PCs Everywhere

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Executive Summary

The convergence of cloud computing with mobile computing opens the door to the creation of new applications and services that can be delivered to users at any time and any place. At the heart of this convergence lies a delicate balance between centralization and decentralization. This paper explores the forces underlying this balance, and examines the role of Virtual Machine (VM) technology. This paper observe that a VM-based model of cloud computing called a Transient PC offers an approach to "Carry-Nothing" mobile computing that harnesses the full power of local hardware at the edges of the Internet. In particular, the authors show how a zero-install Transient PC implementation can safely use local storage.

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