Forming a SSH Cluster using old smartphones (Mobian and other OSes) - Sustainable Computing
Speaker: Suraj Kumar Mahto
Type: Short talk (20 minutes)
Time: Sep 10 (Sun): 17:00
As of 2019, the average global e-waste generated per capita was 7.3 kilograms. E-waste has been a significant problem in recent years and will continue to grow. Modern-day smartphones have much higher computing power than the previous generation of hand-held devices.
I implemented a small feasibility study as a part of my final year project showing that Android systems today are PC-like enough after forming SSH clusters so that it is easily possible to deploy standard tools and mechanisms from the stationary computing world to distribute computational tasks successfully.
We followed a Level-Oriented Design: a top-down process Design by composition: modeling the problem, building up, and extending the solution by adding additional things. We tried to approach this by flashing 3rd party firmware and software. MPI was used to perform parallel computing operations.
Since this is a heterogenous cluster we used multiple OSes like Mobian(Debian on mobile) and PostMarketOS.
Is there a scope for this solution to extend to real-life use cases? What challenges do we face here? How is FOSS helping me work in this feasibility study? I would interact with fellow technocrats, diving into these questions.