Distributed Processing Applications for UAV/drones: A Survey

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Distributed Processing Systems are the ones that include multiple devices (which could be of many types, such as PC computers, mobile devices etc.) that have computational and communication capabilities. Their computational power is jointly used for collaborative processing of variety of tasks – and this processing is realized in distributed manner. UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (also called drones) gain significant attention over recent years. They have been employed to realize multiple tasks such as surveillance or environmental monitoring. First implementations were based on single UAV, later the potential of multiple UAVs collaborating in a team was noticed. Many applications were implemented in distributed manner, using multiple collaborative UAVs and the distributed processing systems principles. In this paper we survey the applications implemented over cooperative teams of UAVs that operate as distributed processing systems.


Applications; Collaborative; Cooperative; Distributed processing; Drone aircraft; Drone aircraft--Control systems; Drones; Electronic data processing--Distributed processing; Swarms; UAV; Unmanned aerial vehicle


Computer and Systems Architecture | Computer Engineering | Digital Communications and Networking | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Engineering


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