The Swarm at the Edge of the Cloud

Edward A. Lee, Jan Rabaey, David Blaauw, Prabal Dutta, Kevin Fu, Carlos Guestrin, Bjoern Hartmann, Roozbeh Jafari, Douglas L. Jones, John D. Kubiatowicz, Vijay Kumar, Rahul Mangharam, Brian T. Murray, George Pappas, Kris Pister, Anthony Rowe, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Sanjit A. Seshia, Tajana Simunic Rosing, Ben Taskar, John Wawrzynek, and David Wessel. The Swarm at the Edge of the Cloud. IEEE Design and Test of Computers, Special Issue on Cloud Computing for Embedded Systems, 2014. To appear.

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Abstract

Today, large numbers of sensors and actuators embedded into innovative devices are being introduced into our connected world at an accelerating rate. This sensory swarm, or the swarm for short, presents an extension of the infosphere (today embodied in the cloud) into the physical world. The swarm gives the cloud eyes, ears, hands, and feet, enabling services that are directly embedded in the physical world rather than just in the cyber world. There is no question that the pervasive integration of smart, networked sensors and actuators into the physical world offers huge potential to address societal problems, to improve quality of life, and to smooth the boundaries between the human and the cyber worlds. But it comes with enormous challenges and risks-- both technical and non-technical. To mitigate these concerns, this paper proposes the adoption of open and universal platform to enable the simple, reliable, and secure deployment and operation of a multiplicity of distributed sense and control applications (which we call swarmlets). Providing access control and resource guarantees is essential to quality of experience and safety. Making the platform open and universal will unleash millions of swarm device and swarmlet developers, just as smart-phone platforms opened the door to millions of app developers.

BibTeX

@article{lee-ieeedt14,
 author = {Edward A. Lee and Jan Rabaey and David Blaauw and Prabal Dutta and Kevin Fu and Carlos Guestrin and Bjoern Hartmann and Roozbeh Jafari and Douglas L. Jones and John D. Kubiatowicz and Vijay Kumar and Rahul Mangharam and Brian T. Murray and George Pappas and Kris Pister and Anthony Rowe and Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli and Sanjit A. Seshia and Tajana Simunic Rosing and Ben Taskar and John Wawrzynek and David Wessel},
 title = "The Swarm at the Edge of the Cloud",
 journal = "IEEE Design and Test of Computers, Special Issue on Cloud Computing for Embedded Systems",
 year = "2014",
 note = "To appear.",
 abstract = {Today, large numbers of sensors and actuators embedded into innovative devices are being introduced into our connected world at an accelerating rate. This sensory swarm, or the swarm for short, presents an extension of the infosphere (today embodied in the cloud) into the physical world. The swarm gives the cloud eyes, ears, hands, and feet, enabling services that are directly embedded in the physical world rather than just in the cyber world. There is no question that the pervasive integration of smart, networked sensors and actuators into the physical world offers huge potential to address societal problems, to improve quality of life, and to smooth the boundaries between the human and the cyber worlds. But it comes with enormous challenges and risks-- both technical and non-technical. To mitigate these concerns, this paper proposes the adoption of open and universal platform to enable the simple, reliable, and secure deployment and operation of a multiplicity of distributed sense and control applications (which we call swarmlets). Providing access control and resource guarantees is essential to quality of experience and safety. Making the platform open and universal will unleash millions of swarm device and swarmlet developers, just as smart-phone platforms opened the door to millions of app developers.},
}

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