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Intel demos monitoring tech

Intel demos monitoring tech

Intel's MeshCentral tech can now report the status of systems on your network to Twitter.

Intel engineers have been working on a project which aims to connect your computer to Twitter, but not in the way you might expect.

Described by Intel engineer Ylian Saint-Hilaire as "this crazy idea of hooking up your home or small office computers to Twitter," the project - the work of Saint-Hilaire and an un-named co-worker - looks to "eventually allow your computer to complain on Twitter if something goes wrong."

Saint-Hilaire admits that the project means that "there is a possibility that your family and friends will see that your computer has not booted properly this morning," but claims that the "crazy" project has a useful purpose at heart.

The technology behind the project is built from an experiment Saint-Hilaire is working on called MeshCentral, which uses peer-to-peer monitoring agents to monitor the health and status of machines on a network, collating the information into a central website and allowing the user to both view the status and interact with each machine in the monitoring mesh.

By connecting the monitoring system to Twitter, Saint-Hilaire has created something extra: a way for the mesh to actively alert the user when something has released the magic smoke or otherwise gone awry. Reassuring users that "this feature will only be activated if the user wants it activated, and by default it's off," Saint-Hilaire admits that in its current incarnation the system is deliberately vague - "[sending] updates about its state in a very generic way, indicating if its found or lost contact with computers and what else is going on, [while keeping] the information vague because the specific computer names are private."

To demonstrate the technology, the engineers have hooked up their test MeshCentral site - available here - to a Twitter account - available here. It might not be the most interesting account to follow - at least, if you're not responsible for the machines that make up the mesh - but it's an indication of the sort of monitoring technology that could be coming from Intel in the near future.

Do you think that Twitter could finally have found an actual use, or is the system created by Saint-Hilaire et al. simply a Web 2.0 version of e-mail alerts and SNMP traps? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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devilxc 5th August 2010, 12:26 Quote
If (and its a big if) this took off it would kill twitter. The most tweeted thing would be "computer booted successfully". Exciting times...
Xir 5th August 2010, 12:35 Quote
...there are mousetraps that alert you per email and this is news?
Mousetrap
pest warning system
kosch 5th August 2010, 12:51 Quote
Our traffic manager can twitter as well, not that its much real use

http://knowledgehub.zeus.com/articles/2008/12/15/zxtms_like_to_tweet_too
CharlO 5th August 2010, 13:48 Quote
I got an idea; "Twitter, you know, if we say twitter we are cool"
confusis 5th August 2010, 15:30 Quote
Good for render/folding farms! Might have to give this a go. Apologies to my twitter followers XD
confusis 5th August 2010, 15:33 Quote
oh my freaking god. Mesh connector client is hellishly unstable. Had it crash three times so far just trying to create a mesh. Fail?
greigaitken 5th August 2010, 16:57 Quote
what's wrong with using ping?
Denis_iii 5th August 2010, 19:48 Quote
stupid stupid stupid
WTF's next, facebook updates? FFS Intel, someone needs a slap.
Sort out your software first prior to adding BS useless featues.
wuyanxu 5th August 2010, 21:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by greigaitken
what's wrong with using ping?
nothing wrong, it's just a failed attempt at innovation.

i built a meshed sensor network in my group project last year, MEMs people built an energy harvester, my MCP team of 3 built really energy efficient meshed sensor network to sense hazards gas in air ducts using only harvested energy. the proof of concept product was brilliant, it worked and the central node PC collected data over night successfully. :D
TSR2 5th August 2010, 22:30 Quote
So the % of tweets that are actually useful is going to increase?
[- pio -] 5th August 2010, 23:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by devilxc
If (and its a big if) this took off it would kill twitter. The most tweeted thing would be "computer booted successfully". Exciting times...

Current state of Twitter home page: "Twitter is over capacity"
Cthippo 6th August 2010, 06:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
My MCP team of 3 built really energy efficient meshed sensor network to sense hazards gas in air ducts using only harvested energy.

Shortly after this experiment the 5 bean vegetarian chili was banned from the building
Gareth Halfacree 6th August 2010, 09:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by [- pio -]
Current state of Twitter home page: "Twitter is over capacity"
If only Twitter's servers used MeshCentral to report their status to Twitter this disaster could have been averte.... oh, wait. Never mind.
leveller 6th August 2010, 15:53 Quote
Last year I saw a news report about a guy who hooked up his house to Twitter. So if his burglar alarm goes off, it Twitters, if his fridge gets warmer, it Twitters, etc ... is this a similiar thing to what he did? Sounds like it.

Incidentally is my computer going to report stuff like "by Leveller_PC: IE9 crashed while fetching HTTP://www.goatsepoon.com/index.html"?

Grrrrrreat!
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