At 01:05 PM 2/6/01 -0600, Jayanth Mysore wrote:
(2) Such boxes may be provided by access network providers or "compute power
distribution networks" similar to "content distribution networks" that are
currently. These networks will essentially lease CPU cycles, memory, disk
to users. Such an infrastructure will especially be useful as a large
number of thin
wireless clients begin getting connected to the Internet using fully
packet based transport
mechanisms over the air.
Or to use more industry common terms, you're talking about a type of ASP.
However, whereas today's ASPs provide and bill for particular specific
applications, it sounds as if you'd like OPES to be a tool by which an ASP
could simply communicate what type of code they're capable of running and
how much their resources cost, then people could upload their code and go
It's a nice utopian vision. However, if I may be skeptical, the ASP market
is having enough trouble providing services and billing for them using a
well-defined & finite number of applications. I'd like to speculate that
providing this type of ASP functionality would only make their lives even
more complicated, and would never get used.
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