Network card of the future never stops networking
Behold the fruits of the Somniloquy project, whose intent is the create augmented network interfaces that allow computers to keep talkin' after they've gone to sleep.
The team built a small USB-connected hardware and software plug-in system that allows a PC to remain in sleep mode while continuing to maintain network presence and run well-defined application functions. It supports instant messaging applications, VoIP, large background web downloads, peer-to-peer file sharing networks such as BitTorrent, and remote access. The computer scientists say their system is easily extensible to support other applications.
All it needs now is a cocktail umbrella.
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