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The Case for VM-Based Cloudlets in Mobile Computing

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Executive Summary

Mobile computing is at a fork in the road. After two decades of sustained effort by many researchers, the authors have developed the core concepts, techniques and mechanisms to provide a solid foundation for this still fast-growing area. The vision of "Information at the fingertips at any time and place" was only a dream in the mid-1990s. Today, ubiquitous email and Web access is a reality that is experienced by millions of users worldwide through their BlackBerries, iPhones, Windows Mobile, and other mobile devices. Continuing on this road, mobile Webbased services and location-aware advertising opportunities have begun to appear. Large investments are being made in anticipation of major profits.

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