Resource Provisioning for the Internet of Things
Professor Albert Y. Zomaya
Chair Professor of High Performance Computing &
Networking in the School of Information Technologies,
The University of Sydney
Recent technological trends such as Industry 4.0 introduced new challenges that push the limit of current computer and networking architectures. It demands the connection of thousands, if not millions, of sensors and mobile devices coupled with optimized operations to automate various operations inside factories. This led to the new era of Internet of Things (IoTs) where lightweight (possibly mobile) devices are envisaged to send vital information to cloud data centres (mobile and fixed infrastructure) for further processing and decision making. Current cloud computing systems, however, are not able to efficiently digest and process collected information from IoT devices with strict response requests for two main reasons: (1) the round trip delay between IoT devices to the processing engines of cloud could exceed an application’s threshold, and (2) network links to cloud resources could be clogged when IoT devices flush data in an uncoordinated fashion. Fog and Edge Computing are two solutions to address both of the previous problems. Though designed to alleviate the same problem, they have fundamental differences that make adopting one more applicable than the other. This talk will overview the practical concerns of today’s IoT implementations through tackling the most important obstacles that hinder their adoption. First, production of applicable network (fixed and mobile) latency models to capture all elements of IoT platforms. Second, building a holistic platform to orchestrate various inter-related layers of IoT platforms, including connectivity, big-data analytics, and workload optimization. Third, proposing viable solutions that can be actually implemented in IoT-based applications. More details will be provided about the above issues during the talk.
Albert Y. Zomaya is currently the Chair Professor of High Performance Computing & Networking in the School of Information Technologies, The University of Sydney. He is also the Director of the Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing which was established in early 2010. He also served for five years as an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow during 2010-2014.
Professor Zomaya held the CISCO Systems Chair Professor of Internetworking during the period 2002-2007 and also was Head of school for 2006-2007 in the same school. Prior to his current appointment he was a Full Professor in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Western Australia, where he also led the Parallel Computing Research Laboratory during the period 1990-2002. He served as Associate-, Deputy-, and Acting-Head in the same department, and held numerous visiting positions and has extensive industry involvement. Professor Zomaya received his PhD from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, Sheffield University in the United Kingdom.
Professor Zomaya currently serves as Steering Committee Member, PhD program in Cyber Physical Systems, University of Messina, Italy, Member, Mobile and Pervasive Computing Institute, Lund University, Sweden, Management Team Member, Centre for Complex Systems, The University of Sydney, Australia, and Advisory Board Member, Michigan Tech Cyber-Physical System Research Group, USA, among other roles.
Professor Zomaya is the author/co-author of seven books, more than 600 publications in technical journals and conferences and two patents. Also, he is the editor of 22 books and 30 conference volumes. He served as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers for two terms during 2011-2014. Currently, he serves as a Founding Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing, a Co-Founding Editor in Chief of the IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory and Applications, Associate Editor-in-Chief (Special Issues), Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.
Professor Zomaya serves as an Associate Editor for several leading journals, such as, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, ACM Computing Surveys, and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He is the Founding Editor of several book series, such as, the Wiley Book Series on Parallel and Distributed Computing, Springer Scalable Computing and Communications, and the IET Book Series on Big Data.
Professor Zomaya was the Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (1999-2003) and currently serves on its executive committee. He also serves on many professional bodies, for example, as a Co-Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cyber-Physical Systems, Communication Chair of IEEE Special Technical Community on Sustainable Computing, member of the Advisory Board of the advisory board of the Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs), and several others.
Professor Zomaya has delivered more than 180 keynote addresses, invited seminars, and media briefings and has been actively involved, in a variety of capacities, in the organization of more than 700 national and international conferences.
Professor Zomaya is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Distinguished Member of the ACM and a Chartered Engineer (CEng). He received the 1997 Edgeworth David Medal by the Royal Society of New South Wales for outstanding contributions to Australian Science. In September 2000 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award and in 2006 was made a member of the Golden Core (both from the IEEE Computer Society). Also, he received the IEEE TCPP Outstanding Service Award (2011), the IEEE TCSC Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing (2011), the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2014), and the ACM MSWIM 2017 Reginald A. Fessenden Award (2017). His research interests span several areas in parallel, distributed, and mobile computing and complex systems.