The approach is not unlike distributed computing efforts such as the Seti@Home effort, which uses the spare desktop computing cycles from volunteers to scan radio signals from space in hopes of finding signals from extraterrestrial life. Such jobs do not require a dedicated computer: They can be easily broken apart and started when the processor is idling, and quickly suspend operations when more critical tasks need to be completed.
Aura would be ideal for tasks that "don't have to be done within a certain amount of time," Hasan said. For instance, an Aura network could do the heavier processing of images, the kind of processing that can't be done by smartphones. The phone would hand off the work to a nearby Aura network.
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