Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Virtual Devices: An Extensible Architecture for Bridging the Physical-Digital Divide

Shawn R. Jeffery, Gustavo Alonso, Michael J. Franklin, Wei Hong and Jennifer Widom

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-05-1375
March 2005

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2005/CSD-05-1375.pdf

Data captured from the physical world through receptor devices such as wireless sensor networks and RFID readers tend to be low-level, device-specific, inconsistent, and unreliable. Meanwhile, data management and query processing techniques in the digital world rely on understandable, consistent, and complete data. This paper aims to bridge this physical-digital divide by introducing Virtual devICEs (VICEs): extensible wrappers that transform the data captured from the physical world into data that can be operated upon by today's data management systems. In this sense, VICEs provide what we term metaphysical data independence by shielding the above data processing system from the complexity of real-world data. This paper introduces the specific challenges to implementing VICEs, the functionality required of them, and outlines the VICE architecture. To validate the VICE approach, we demonstrate three real-world use cases that illustrate the empirical benefits of using VICEs to provide metaphysical data independence.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Jeffery:CSD-05-1375,
    Author = {Jeffery, Shawn R. and Alonso, Gustavo and Franklin, Michael J. and Hong, Wei and Widom, Jennifer},
    Title = {Virtual Devices: An Extensible Architecture for Bridging the Physical-Digital Divide},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2005},
    Month = {Mar},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2005/5575.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-05-1375},
    Abstract = {Data captured from the physical world through receptor devices such as wireless sensor networks and RFID readers tend to be low-level, device-specific, inconsistent, and unreliable. Meanwhile, data management and query processing techniques in the digital world rely on understandable, consistent, and complete data. This paper aims to bridge this physical-digital divide by introducing Virtual devICEs (VICEs): extensible wrappers that transform the data captured from the physical world into data that can be operated upon by today's data management systems. In this sense, VICEs provide what we term metaphysical data independence by shielding the above data processing system from the complexity of real-world data. This paper introduces the specific challenges to implementing VICEs, the functionality required of them, and outlines the VICE architecture. To validate the VICE approach, we demonstrate three real-world use cases that illustrate the empirical benefits of using VICEs to provide metaphysical data independence.}
}

EndNote citation:

%0 Report
%A Jeffery, Shawn R.
%A Alonso, Gustavo
%A Franklin, Michael J.
%A Hong, Wei
%A Widom, Jennifer
%T Virtual Devices: An Extensible Architecture for Bridging the Physical-Digital Divide
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2005
%@ UCB/CSD-05-1375
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2005/5575.html
%F Jeffery:CSD-05-1375