Internet of Things (IoT): Crunching and the Computing Continuum
IoT Solutions and Applications deliver much of their value by exploiting the digitalization of products, services, and processes using “computation” as an essential ingredient. Approaches to where, when, and how number crunching and analysis is done varies from vertical to vertical, but there are a few clear patterns that are emerging about successful computational architectures. Two aspect that stand out are the importance of generally available, secure, reliable, and “well balanced” compute resources (hardware and software) that can readily be incorporated into IoT Solutions and Applications; and the practical learning curve that comes along with implementing new technologies and business practices.
The popularity of “Cloud Computing” is a prime example, providing the business model and functionality to greatly lower the threshold for entry of innovative end to end solutions, with greater freedom for offerors to concentrate on Vertical/Domain specific value. As the IoT community has gone up the learning curve the limits of purely “Cloud” based resources have become apparent. The hype-curve has now shifted to the “Edge” to fix the short comings – posing the natural question of is that enough of a fix? In light of this it is worthwhile to re-examine the basics: requirement drivers, technology trends, market and use patterns, operational considerations, and business models. The outcome points strongly towards the necessity for an interoperable computing continuum, breaking the traditional model of the computing stack.
Dr. Adam T. Drobot is a technologist with over forty years of experience in industry, the public sector, and in research. Today his activities include strategic consulting, start-ups, and participation in industry associations and government advisory bodies. He is the Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc. a company specializing in open source software. Previously he was the Managing Director and CTO of 2M Companies in Dallas, TX, from 2010-2012, and President of the Applied Research and Government Business Units at Telcordia Technologies and the company’s CTO from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, Adam managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He also served as the Senior Vice President for Science and Technology as part of his 27 years of service at SAIC from 1975 to 2002.
He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is a frequent contributor to industry literature. He currently holds 26 patents. Adam is a member of Several Corporate Boards, and the FCC Technology Advisory Council. He is on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association where he has Chaired the TIA Technology Committee. He is the 2007 recipient of IEEE’s Managerial Excellence Award. For the IEEE he has Chaired IEEE Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee, the IEEE Awards Recognition Council, served as a member of the IEEE Awards Board. During 2017 and 2018 he chaired the IEEE IoT Activities Board that oversees the multi-society IEEE IoT Initiative. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.
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