INFOCOM 2011 Panels

Panel Title:Internet of Things: where we are now and where we are going

Moderator: Dr. Jinpeng Huai, President of Beihang University and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Session: All-Conference Panel, Date: April 12, Time: 11:00 - 12:30

Abstract: IoT, where all real world objects, hopefully, are connected to the Internet, has been considered as the next wave of internet applications with tremendous amount of market potentials. While IoT has received much attention in academia and government, this panel puts together major IT business leaders to share with us their views on the future of IoT. In particular, we raise the following questions:

(1) IoT is extremely hot in the Mainland China and has attracted a lot of attention and funding from government. However, we have not yet seen the similar trend in US or Europe. What do you think about this phenomenon?

(2) Apparently IoT covers so many applications. Are there any applications ready to be deployed?

(3) What are the business opportunities of IoT? Could you share with us some of the projects related with IoT in your company?

(4) When do you think IoT will become a mainstream or a major business force in the Internet?

(5) What are major technical challenges to IoT?

(6) What are potential hurdles that may hinder the progress of IoT?

(7) What are the challenges about privacy and security issues in IoT? Are there any good solutions?

(8) If IoT is deployed in large scale and all the objects rely on the Internet for communication, what impacts will the IoT bring to the future Internet? Do you think the current Internet Architecture, such as TCP/IP protocol, is still adequate to support the large applications of IoT?

Panel Title: The Challenges of Cloud Computing

Moderator: Keith W. Ross, Polytechnic Institute of NYU

Session: TS79, Date: April 13, Time: 10:30 - 12:00

1. Xiaoqiao Ming, IBM

2. Kui Ren, Illinois Institute of Technology

3. Bo Li, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

4. Krishna Kant, Intel and NSF

5. Keith Ross, Polytechnic Institute of NYU

Abstract: Cloud computing is all the rage. It's become the “phrase du jour”. Some people define cloud computing narrowly as an updated version of utility computing, that is, virtual servers available over the Internet. Others go very broad, arguing anything you consume outside the firewall is "in the cloud." For some, Amazon EC2’s service is at the forefront of cloud computing; for others, Google’s kingdom of services and infrastructure currently reigns over the cloud. Wikipedia defines cloud computing as computation, software, data access, and storage services that do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services.

Whatever it is, just about everyone agrees that cloud computing is a very hot research topic. Everyone also agrees that there are many interesting challenges and research questions surrounding the cloud, including:

(1) Will users trust the cloud with their private information?

(2) Will the private communication networks deployed by cloud providers make the public Internet largely obsolete?

(3) Is there a role for P2P applications in a world dominated by the cloud?

(4) Are data centers major energy sinks? If so, can something be done?

(5) Will the cloud be the end of Microsoft OS and installed office applications?

(6) As a cloud service provider, can Microsoft and others catch up to Google?

(7) Where will China be in the cloud? What is the status of Ali Baba, Baidu and QQ?

(8) Will API lock-in prevent companies from running their applications in third-party cloud providers?

Panel Title: Sustainable Computing and Networking

Moderator: Steven Low, California Institute of Technology

Session: TS80, Date: April 13, Time: 13:30 - 15:00

1. Lachlan Andrew, Swinburne University, Australia

2. Don Towsley, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

3. Anwar Walid, Bell Labs, Murray Hill, USA

4. Shugong Xu, Huawei, China

5. Steven Low, California Institute of Technology, USA

Abstract: Information and communication technology consumes more than 8% of the world’s electricity in 2008. Moreover, the level of consumption is growing exponentially at more than 10% per year.Despite these alarming statistics, there is a tremendous opportunity to drastically reduce energy consumption through better design and operation, at the device level, circuit level,systems level, datacenter level, and Internet level. For instance,the US EPA (Environment Protection Agency) reports the potential for datacenters alone to save energy by a staggering 75% through such protocols and technologies. This will require a re-examinationof the design and operation of ICT at every level to include energy efficiency and carbon footprint as a core objective, together with traditional criteria such as performance, reliability, security,and cost.

The addition of energy optimization as a design objective has created a new branch of research with its own rich structures and daunting challenges. Not only are new mechanisms needed for the optimization of energy consumption, existing designs must also be re-examined in light of the additional metric, as energy optimization is often about the tradeoff between energy and performance and formerly optimal algorithms may now perform poorly under the new criteria. This tradeoff implies a price of greening and optimality often requires a proper allocation of this price. Furthermore, energy efficiency must permeate the entire ICT, from electronic devices to the entire Internet, from individual servers to multiple datacenters, from physical to application layer, from spectrum to storage management, from core network to edge devices. Energy management decisions should ideally be decomposed and coordinated spatially as well as temporally, in a distributed and decentralized manner.

The field of sustainable computing and networking is huge in size, scope, and complexity. In this panel, leading researchers will take stock of what has been achieved, debate different perspectives, and recommend how best to move forward.




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