Symposium – Towards a Sustainable Digital Society: From Clouds to Connected Objects
Our digital society is fragile. It is based on a set of services that appear today indispensable: search engines, social networks, transfer and storage of multimedia content. The needs evolve constantly and impose constant adaptations to infrastructures, equipment and services. In June 2012, the United Nations recognized that access to the Internet is a fundamental right, as is human rights. The Internet has evolved in a few decades from an academic research tool to an operational tool indispensable to our modern world. Internet is built on a triple of 3 major infrastructures: terminal equipment, networks and data centres.
Users demand information and communication technologies, a guarantee of quality, they want IT services to respond instantly, without a breakdown, without waiting. This digital society is based on abundant, ubiquitous and cheap energy.
Network operators face significant challenges supporting ever-increasing bandwidth demands and service expectations. At the same time, introducing a new feature often takes months and sometimes years. In response to these challenges, network operators have started to re-architect their central offices as data centres to benefit from both the economies of scale and the agility that ICPs and cloud providers enjoy today. The new, data centre-like architecture combines SDN, network functions virtualization and elastic cloud services, all running on commodity hardware to build cost-effective and agile networks that enable rapid servicecreation and monetization.
Still global computing is on the threshold of profound upheavals with the very rapidly emerging Internt of Things (IoT). Indeed, IoT offers great promise as a truly disruptive technology with strong international commercial potential. Billions of connected objects will appear and generate large volumes of data (big data) that will have to be able to transport process and store on a large scale. Data centres formerly used as a large computer for a limited set of applications (military, meteorological, etc.) are being deployed on a very large scale in cloud infrastructures (edge and fog computing).
This digital society generates multiple environmental impacts at all stages of its life cycle (resource extraction, manufacturing, transportation, use and end of life). There is an urgent need to measure these impacts and to propose sets of solutions to reduce and control them in a sustainable development perspective.
The aim of the symposium is to allow interactions between researchers working on different perspectives in communication networks, terminal equipment, connected object and data centers, but sharing a common concern to design the digital society of tomorrow in a development perspective Sustainable development.
This symposium will be part of the "Digital and Technology" chapter of the Entretiens Jacques Cartier, but also has an impact on the Energy and Sustainable Development aspects.
Brigitte Jaumard, Concordia University
Tristan Glatard, Concordia University
Laurent Lefevre, Inria Avalon Team / LIP Laboratory, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
All symposium talks will be in English.
The event is free but seats are limited – advance registration is required. Please register online via the symposium website.