Browser-based computing

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Browser-based computing is the use of the web browsers to perform computing tasks. Opportunities for computing on the Web have been noted as far back as 1997.[1] Computing over the web was described in 2000.[2] Applications include distributed computing for web workers as illustrated by James (formerly CrowdProcess) and HASH, the use of the browser's stack in QMachine,[3] the embedding of web applications as semantic hypermedia components[4] and the Signaling Server in Peer-to-peer networks set via WebRTC.[5] Browser-based computing complements cloud computing, because they reduce server-side computational load, often using cloud-hosted, RESTful web services.


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  5. ^ "WebRTC". CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)