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Clouds, Things and Robots: the need for innovation in Architecture and Software

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The two major architectures in use today were both designed for personal computers. But now, personal computers are disappearing. In their place is a rapidly growing Internet of Things interfacing to a Cloud of massively parallel computing systems – along with an emerging new species – Robots, or ‘cyber-physical-systems’.

Clouds need energy-efficient computers; they account for a rapidly increasing proportion of world-wide energy consumption. They will also need to support a diverse range of applications using thousands of processors in both data intensive and high-performance computing. ‘Things’ need low-power processing along with real-time interfaces to the physical world. Robots need everything – efficient systems that combine real-time interfacing with embedded concurrent computing for control and intelligence.

I will explore the limitations of our current architectures in these new systems and the problems they create for software – tools and applications. I will suggest some innovations that could overcome these limitations both in new architectures or in modifications to the existing ones. Some of these ‘innovations’ date from the 1980s!

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Wednesday Seminars series.

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