Umar Saif does it again!

August 18, 2008 at 11:16 pm 5 comments

Yay Umar!  Today’s edition of the MIT Technology Review (TR), a premier technology magazine, has featured the work of Dr. Umar Saif and his team on improving Internet connectivity in the developing-world. The Project, dubbed DonateBandwidth,  is a follow-up project of the Poor Man’s Broadband work which was featured in New Scientist in Nov’07.

With DonateBandwidth, users in the developing-world can help each other by donating their unused bandwidth to those who need it. This project received funding from the US State Department/NAS and HEC and will be further developed in collaboration with UC Berkeley.

Umar compares the project to distributed computing schemes such as SETI@Home, which uses volunteers’ spare computer power to collaboratively analyze radio signals from space, looking for signs of intelligent life. “DonateBandwidth permits sharing of unused Internet bandwidth, which is much more valuable in the developing world, compared to computing cycles or disk space,” he says.

It is rare that research in Pakistan catches the attention of a publication like the Technology Review. Reading the complete article made me feel proud to be associated with Umar. Keep it up my friend! We are rooting for you.

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  • 1. Fariha Akhtar  |  August 19, 2008 at 12:00 am

    MashAllah..it’s a great news. It should make every sane Pakistani feel proud. Keep it up Dr. Umar….you all are such a constant source of motivation and inspiration for us-the young onesl🙂

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  • 2. Umar Saif does it again! | Tea Break  |  August 19, 2008 at 12:55 am

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  • 3. Vic  |  August 19, 2008 at 11:04 am

    @fariha ….and us old ones too ;-)…

    and, btw, i hope you don’t mind if a few non-Pakistani (no comments re sanity) can take a share in the feeling of pride for something done for all humanity!

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  • 4. Fariha Akhtar  |  August 19, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    @Vic

    I’d certainly not mind..in fact it’s great if we all could work for the betterment of humanity keeping geographical boundaries aside🙂 and feel proud about it.
    Btw do I need to tell you that I’ve been motivated to go for my masters in HCI and when did that happen?? The day when I attended your session at Marriott here🙂

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  • 5. Vic  |  August 19, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    @Fariha: a nice reference document for you, thanks to Dr Farooq at NUST

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