Peer-to-Peer Technology: Driving Innovative User Experiences in Mobile

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Location: E143

If the proliferation of open source fever has opened the door to an era sans communications barriers, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC) is in the process of breaking the door off its hinges entirely. Through its new AllJoyn open source project, QuIC is taking peer-to-peer (P2P) communication to the next level by enabling ad hoc, proximity-based, device-to-device messaging, and providing the source code for the technology to the open source community. What makes AllJoyn unique is its agnosticism towards platforms and operating systems. For example, devices operating on Windows, Android, and Linux can come together seamlessly to play games, exchange photos, or simply share messages – without even having to access the internet or mobile networks.

The AllJoyn open source project is moving peer-to-peer technology forward by working to address many of the complexities that have made the deployment of a scalable P2P experience difficult. For example, the technology addresses transparent device and service discovery, networking functionality, message routing, and also provides a security framework for encrypted and authenticated communications. Ultimately, consumers and developers benefit equally. By simplifying how devices connect and interact with one another, AllJoyn allows for a superior user experience with easy discovery among devices, simplified group formation and low latency, regardless of how the wireless connection is established. And with many of the most prominent obstacles eliminated, developers will find it easier to incorporate P2P into their apps.

This presentation will provide a thorough overview of the past, present, and future of peer-to-peer technology, focusing on advancements that are enabling users to connect and join with peers in ad hoc proximity-based networks – and how developers and open source enthusiasts stand to benefit.

This session is sponsored by Qualcomm

Marcello Lioy

Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc.

Marcello Lioy
Director of Engineering
Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.

Marcello Lioy is director of engineering at Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc. (QuIC ), a wholly-owned Qualcomm subsidiary focused on mobile open source contributions. He works on the core team that launched the AllJoyn open source project and serves as the chief liason to the open source community for the initiative. In this role, he is responsible for project governance, release policies, and more. AllJoyn is a peer-to-peer technology developed to enable secure, ad hoc, and proximity-based communication networks.

Upon joining Qualcomm in 1997, Lioy was assigned to the software development team that supports high speed computer networking over 3G networks, where he managed a variety of projects including mobile IPv4, IPv6, and the restructuring of the networking code to support multiple air-links, including both flavors of 3G, WiFi, etc. Lioy quickly rose up the ranks to lead this large multi-site team.

Lioy is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He went on to earn his Masters of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.