Graduate School and Research Center in Digital Sciences

Seminar: Parallel & Distributed Simulation and the Internet of Things

Margaret Loper - Associate Prof., Chief Scientist, Information & Communications Laboratory, Chief, Advanced Computing Research Division, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Communication systems

Date: December 17, 2013

Distributed simulation first appeared in the ?60s with the development of a two-player interactive computer game. In the late ?70s advances in time synchronization protocols enabled parallel simulation, and in the ?80s the first distributed virtual world for military training appeared. Over the last two decades, parallel and distributed simulation has contributed to innovations in many areas of science and engineering. The first part of this talk will focus on the fundamentals of parallel and distributed simulation. It will cover enabling algorithms, as well as a discussion of standards, design issues, and challenges in achieving simulation interoperability. The second part of this talk will discuss trust in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the need for a simulation platform to understand issues of scale when connecting billions of devices. IoT is the pervasive presence around us of a variety of devices, objects and machines that are able to interact and cooperate with their neighbors, and deliver personalized autonomic services to individuals. The implicit reliance on technology to make decisions on one's behalf makes mechanisms for expressing and reasoning about trust essential. GTRI has recently started an initiative to explore issues related to trust, security and privacy in IoT systems.

Parallel & Distributed Simulation and the Internet of Things