Saturday, September 12, 2015

IoT Lacks Tools: DARPA can play a role in building the infrastructure

On September 10, 2015, TerraSwarm researcher Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli spoke at DARPA's Wait What Conference about "Design Technology for the Trillion-Device Future" (slidesvideo).   His talk was covered by Rick Merritt in the eeTimes article, "IoT Lacks Tools, Says EDA Vet."

In the talk, Professor Sangiovanni-Vincentelli suggested that IoT tools should be similar to the EDA tools used to design large chips.  However IoT is far more heterogeneous and in IoT the notion of time must be treated as a first class citizen.

Professor Sangiovanni-Vincentelli was quoted as stating "The end devices have to cost a few cents each, so how can you make money from that? Another question is who will build the infrastructure…DARPA can play a role as an independent partner to coalesce people and help build the infrastructure."

The talk was also covered in by Sharon Guadin for ComputerWorld in an article titled: "Get ready to live in a trillion-device world" who quotes Sangiovanni-Vincentelli as stating: "The brain-machine interface will have sensors placed in our brains, collecting information about what we think and transmitting it to this complex world that is surrounding us," said Sangiovanni-Vincentelli. "I think I'd like to have an espresso and then here comes a nice little robot with a steaming espresso because I thought about it."

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