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The ProximalWorkspace Architecture: A Latency-Focused Approach to Supporting Context-Aware Applications

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Executive Summary

The authors are developing a new enhanced cloud-based computing architecture, called the Proximal Workspace architecture to allow access and interaction between lightweight devices, and applications that represent a new generation of computation-and-data-intensive programs. They are developing a new system architecture based on supporting workspaces which provide nearby computing power to the users devices and thus mediate between them and the clouds computing resources. Specifically, a workspace provides a set of middleware utilities designed to exploit local resources, and provide specific functions such as rendering of graphics, pre-fetching of data, and combining data from different servers.

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