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HP Labs at HP Discover 2014 – Amip Shah on ‘IT for the IoT’


Contributed by Simon Firth, freelance technology  journalist




Amip.jpgWhen we talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), we tend to focus on the everyday physical objects and sensors that are predicted to join information networks in unprecedented numbers, notes HP Labs researcher Amip Shah. “That’s very important and we’re doing a lot of interesting work on the device side at HP Labs,” he says. “But what really excites me is the ‘Internet’ part of the equation.”


Shah, who runs the IoT team within HP’s Analytics Lab, will be sharing his perspective in a June 10 presentation at HP Discover 2014 titled “IT for IoT: Next-generation information technology from HP Labs for the Internet of Things.”


“Three aspects of this are particularly fascinating,” Shah suggests. “Firstly, there’s just the sheer volume and velocity of the data that will be moving around these networks. Then there’s the question of who owns the data that is coming from these devices. And lastly, we’re going to see a convergence of the data lifecycle, moving from the old model of data being transmitted from a source to a central core, where it gets processed and responded to, to one where that all fuses together, and where we can actually push computation and analytics down to the ‘things’ at the edge.”


Shah’s Discover talk will explore how each of these phenomena are the subject of ongoing research projects at HP Labs, including an investigation into the ‘democratization of data’ that could result from the distributed ownership of the information traveling through IoT networks, and the development of a new computing paradigm called ‘Distributed Mesh Computing.’


The second half of Shah’s talk will focus in on this new paradigm. “The next generation of computer architecture has to embrace and enable the entire IoT eco-system of devices, infrastructure, platforms, and applications,” Shah notes. “I’ll offer examples of solutions that we are building out in each of these areas.”


A Research Manager based in Palo Alto, Amip Shah leads research, technology development, and commercialization activities for the emerging “Internet of Things”. Shah received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rowan University and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.


Discover attendees can hear Amip Shah speak on Tuesday, June 10th, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM, in the Discover Theater.          

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