Prof. Wolski Gives Keynote at ARM U.S Research Meeting

September 16, 2019

The Arm Research Summit offers a unique forum where academics, researchers and industry experts come together to discuss their own projects, discover the latest developments across a wide range of different fields, and make new connections for future collaborative opportunities. The 2019 event focuses on the importance of collaboration across multiple disciplines to address ever more complex computing challenges. The summit includes keynote talks, presentations, workshops and demos from experts across all fields of technology research, and plenty of all-important networking opportunities.

Professor Rich Wolski gave a keynote on Devices-as-Services and The New Internet as a Platform of Things. 

Abstract: 

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly approaching technological change that envisions ubiquitous and network-accessible digital instrumentation and actuation of literally every "thing" we encounter in everyday life. Like the World Wide Web (now simply called The Internet) before it, IoT will likely represent another societal sea change as objects in the physical world become network-enabled so that they can communicate and interact with people and, autonomously, with each other.

This technological vision also carries with it significant new challenges. With estimates of between 50 billion and 1 trillion network-connected IoT devices in the next 20 years, the energy efficiency of these devices and the network technologies that interconnect them is paramount to their utility. Moreover, the current Internet architecture, which is evolving to accommodate cloud computing, will require substantial additional innovation and augmentation before IoT will come to complete fruition.

In this talk, we will discuss some of the computer science research questions that have grown from early experiences in architecting and deploying “real world" IoT systems and infrastructure. In particular, the talk will focus on a new approach to software infrastructure that is designed to meet many of the current and future IoT challenges.

To save power, reduce network latency, and easy network congestion, devices export data and actuation services that are accessed by applications running in the cloud. "Flipping" the current Internet architecture in this way, with services at the extreme edge of the network and applications running at the core (i.e. in the cloud), requires a new technological approach that creates a Software Platform of Things -- SPOT -- spanning devices, computing elements located at the edge (e.g. edge clouds), and traditional cloud data centers.

We will outline our experiences in building systems using this new “flipped" approach to cloud computing using a SPOT prototype and discuss new research opportunities that arise at the device level, at the edge, and in the data center.