Transactions on Software Engineering

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From the February 2019 Issue

Gray Computing: A Framework for Computing with Background JavaScript Tasks

By Yao Pan, Jules White, Yu Sun, and Jeff Gray

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Website visitors are performing increasingly complex computational work on the websites’ behalf, such as validating forms, animations, and producing data visualizations. In this article, we explore the possibility of increasing the work offloaded to web visitors’ browsers. The idle computing cycles of web visitors can be turned into a large-scale distributed data processing engine, which we term gray computing. Past research has looked primarily at either volunteer computing with specialized clients or browser-based volunteer computing where the visitors keep their browsers open to a single web page for a long period of time. This article provides a comprehensive analysis of the architecture, performance, security, cost effectiveness, user experience, and other issues of gray computing distributed data processing engines with heterogeneous computing power, non-uniform page view times, and high computing pool volatility. Several real-world applications are examined and gray computing is shown to be cost effective for a number of complex tasks ranging from computer vision to bioinformatics to cryptology.
 

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  • We are pleased to announce that Nenad Medvidović, a Professor in the Computer Science Department and in the Informatics Program at the University of Southern California, has been selected as the new Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering starting in 2018.
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