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We’re Not Ready for the Internet of Things: How Current Technology Must Adapt First

Bryan Cantrill (Joyent)
Mission City Ballroom B4
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Most agree 2014 is the year the Internet of Things finally takes form. It’s true: wearables and smart devices ranging from toothbrushes to refrigerators to biometric baby sensors are already tracking data points in real time and starting to change the way we experience the world. But these novelties only scratch the surface of the volume of machine and sensor data headed our way, and the subsequent demands on infrastructure outpace its current capabilities. The fact is, only .5 percent of data collected today is being analyzed. That percentage is on track to grow exponentially. Only with technological breakthroughs like the convergence of data and compute, can we truly begin to ready our infrastructure for the massive influx of data accompanying the Internet of Things.

In this session, Joyent’s SVP of Engineering Bryan Cantrill, will discuss how current infrastructure technologies must adapt before performance capabilities can keep pace and truly deliver on the promise of the Internet of Things, and how, with the convergence of data and compute, we can begin to collect and store data that’s bigger than the entire storage industry today.

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Bryan Cantrill


Bryan Cantrill is CTO at Joyent. Previously a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, Bryan has spent over a decade working on system software, from the guts of the kernel to client-code on the browser and much in between. Bryan led the team that designed and implemented DTrace, a facility for dynamic instrumentation of production systems that won the Wall Street Journal’s top Technology Innovation Award in 2006 and the USENIX Software Tools User Group Award in 2008. Bryan co-founded the Fishworks group at Sun, where he designed and implemented the DTrace-based analytics facility found in the Sun Storage 7000 series of appliances — a facility that InfoWorld described as “stunning” in a February 2009 review. In 2005, Bryan was named by MIT’s Technology Review as one of the top 35 technologists under the age of 35, and by InfoWorld as one of their Innovators of the Year. Bryan received the ScB magna cum laude with honors in Computer Science from Brown University.