Elastic Software Infrastructure to Support the Industrial Internet

Ondemad: Air Live-October 23, 2013

The Industrial Internet is an emerging communication infrastructure that connects people, data, and machines to enable access and control of mechanical devices in unprecedented ways. It connects machines embedded with sensors and sophisticated software to other machines (and end users) to extract data, make sense of it, and find meaning where it did not exist before. Machines--from jet engines to gas turbines to medical scanners--connected via the Industrial Internet have the analytical intelligence to self-diagnose and self-correct, so they can deliver the right information to the right people at the right time (and in real-time).

Despite the promise of the Industrial Internet, however, supporting the end-to-end quality-of-service (QoS) requirements is hard. This talk will discuss a number of technical issues emerging in this context, including:

  • Precise auto-scaling of resources with a system-wide focus.
  • Flexible optimization algorithms to balance real-time constraints with cost and other goals.
  • Improved fault-tolerance fail-over to support real-time requirements.
  • Data provisioning and load balancing algorithms that rely on physical properties of computations.

    It will also explore how the OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS) provides key building blocks needed to create a dependable and elastic software infrastructure for the Industrial Internet.

    Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt is a Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. From 2000 to 2003 Dr. Schmidt served as a Deputy Office Director and a Program Manager at DARPA, where he led the national research and development effort on middleware for distributed real-time and embedded (DRE) systems. Dr. Schmidt has published 10 books and more than 500 technical papers. His publications cover a wide range of software-related topics, including patterns, optimization techniques, and empirical analyses of object-oriented frameworks and domain-specific modeling environments that facilitate the development of DRE middleware and mission-critical applications running over data networks and embedded system interconnects.

    Curt Schwaderer, OpenSystems Media

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