This is a really cool idea! Turns out you can use an app on your smartphone that lets it connect with others on the local wifi to create a more powerful computer. This idea has been around for a long time actually but doing it via Wifi gives some interesting wrinkles. As computers get cheaper and cheaper they will become embedded in the world around us. If they are on Wifi, perhaps we will be able to tap into spare computing capabilities around us.
The real reason why I think this is pretty cool is if you think where this would work the best. You need a room where every person has a computing device of some kind, and they should be working on some kind of group problem. Hmmm. How about a classroom?
Can you imagine a classroom of 30 students who connect their iPads into a virtual supercomputer and display a simulation of how a galaxy forms on the classroom projector? Awesome!
- Future Supercomputers Will Be Powered By Your Phone
New Scientist reports that researchers from the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany have been stringing together low-powered Android phones via Wi-Fi. Each phone capable of just 5.8 million calculations per second individually, six together can form a network capable of performing 26.2 million calculations a second.