Infrared5, Inc. (Jamaica Plain, MA)

A method and system to create a distributed network that can transfer data between devices. This disclosure is focused on power-generating servers that can act as nodes in an distributed network. Specifically the present disclosure provides specialized devices designed to produce power from solar panels to power servers that are capable of functioning as nodes in the network.

Data centers are generally only for one purpose and require a lot of energy to power the servers and to cool them. Because of the excessive heat generation the typical data center is very inefficient and doesn’t bring many benefits to the communities around it. Data center owners typically retain the majority of their revenue, while communities may have to bear the environmental effects of cooling large quantities of water and their release at a higher or different temperature.

There isn’t enough network infrastructure available to transfer data from data centers to users in a reliable manner. Wi-Fi technology is now the widespread method to connect to the internet from any device due to its capability to penetrate walls effectively and with large capacity. While Wi-Fi can be an ideal technology for inter-device communication , it isn’t always the best choice particularly in urban areas. The reason is that Wi-Fi bands (especially the 2.4GHz band) are already overcrowded. The addition of additional devices will only increase the problem. This is especially true in urban areas with dense populations where every building already is equipped with at least one Wi-Fi access point. This is not an issue in rural and suburban areas, but there is still a limited Wi-Fi coverage that is approximately 30-50 meters.

There’s a requirement for improvements in the way streaming and data storage systems are implemented. This disclosure offers solutions for this problem and other desirable characteristics. Specifically,the present disclosure provides specialized devices that can generate power and are capable of operating as nodes within an interconnected network.

A device is provided in accordance with the example embodiments that are described in the present invention. The device includes a solar panel for generating power from sunlight, a communication device for receiving and transmitting data over at least two wirelesscommunication mediums, and an actuator for moving the communication device. The device also includes an server that receives the power generated by the solar panel as well as data from the communication device over the two wireless communication mediums and supplying power to the server in order to transfer data across an unidirectional network.

In accordance with the aspects of the invention, at minimum two wireless communication mediums are available. They include radio communication media and laser communication medium. A low power circuit type is a feature that can be added to the device, allowing users to hear the instructions needed to start your server. A power converter can be added to the device to convert solar panel generated power into the voltages needed for the server’s operation. The device can further include an interface to at least one of an abattery or a power grid and an appliance. An enclosure that provides environmental protection can be added to the device. It could include the actuator, communication device and solar panel.

Based on the features of the invention, the enclosure contains at least one air cushion that is designed to help disperse heat from at at least one of the solar panels, the communication device and the actuator. The enclosure may be likewise attached to a structure for managing multiple devices. The communication device is configured to send and receive data to other network-enabled devices.

According to the example embodiments of the present invention, an approach to creating a distributed system is provided. The method involves performing, by an electronic device for communication the connectivity check to determine a quality of a communication over atleast two wireless communication mediums, updating, by the server device, a distributed status for the quality of the communication using at-least two wireless communication media, and listening by small circuits to select the server device to transmit data through a distributed network. The procedure involves activating the server device’s ability to transmit data through distributed networks and sending the data by the server device to a different server device within the distributed network.

According to the principles of the present invention the at least two wireless communication medias comprise a laser communication medium and radio communication medium. The device can further include the ability to detect and receive updates, through an blockchain, of neighboring devices that can communicate with the server device. The device can further include rotating, by an actuator, a communication device to establish a line of sight communication with at least one of the devices in the vicinity. The device also has the ability to monitor the qualityof connection with another device. The small board circuit will determine if the connection quality has declined beyond a predetermined threshold and select a different medium to transmit information to the second device. The device can further include receiving, via the server device data from a different server device within the distributed network.

The present invention offers an approach to allocating power in accordance with instances. This method requires receiving power from one or more server devices. Central power management system calculates the total power available by analyzing solar energy generated. Status updates are received from a single or multiple server devices about idle and active servers. The method also involves monitoring, by the central power management system power usage of the active servers and allocating, by the central power management system, power to the active servers based on the total availablepower.

In accordance with the aspects of the invention, allocating does not require the provision of an additional source of power to servers when solar panels modules on the active server generate enough electricity to operate the servers. The allocation can also comprise providing power from at least one of a power grid to the servers that are active in the event that the solar panel modules of the server devices are not generating enough electricity for operation of the servers that are active. This method may also include allotting the excess power generated by servers or other devices to at least one battery, an appliance or power grid.

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