Smartphones running the Android operating system have been modified by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to carry out tasks that were previously reserved for supercomputers.
The Texas Advanced Computing Centre teamed with MIT researchers in order to produce an app that could process calculations on a par with supercomputer technology and Android was the only mobile operating system chosen.
The experts essentially aimed to miniaturise existing processes in a manner that would correlate with the power and performance of smartphones and they succeeded.
David Knezevic of MIT said: "You don't need to have a high-powered computer on hand. Once you've created the reduced model, you can do all the computations on a phone.
"We have a bound on how much accuracy we're losing with our reduced model, so we can say with rigour that we're doing supercomputing on a phone."
It is now possible for Android mobiles to be used in tandem with supercomputers to carry out tasks as part of a networked group, according to Mr Knezevic.
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