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Thursday, March 27 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
An Ultra-Large Scale Perspective on Autonomous Vehicles - John McGregor

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The vision of autonomous vehicles will be realized in piecemeal bursts of creativity followed by periods of refactoring and consolidation. This “autonomous” system will in fact be connected to a myriad of other systems including other vehicles and information services. These connections will exist over decentralized networks with heterogeneous collections of communication and security protocols, device types, and transmission speeds. The networks will need to treat failure of connections as expected events. This connected world of autonomous vehicles will exhibit the characteristics of an ultra-large scale system. In this talk we will describe some of those characteristics and relate them to specific challenges, responsibilities, and opportunities for the operating environment. The presentation will draw on research and experiences at Clemson University and Carnegie Mellon University.

The audience is anyone interested in the context in which autonomous vehicles operate. Attendees can expect a view of incremental market development as technologies enable new features in vehicles and as vehicles become fully autonomous.

This presentation provides one perspective on the domain of autonomous vehicles. It presents Ultra-large scale (ULS) systems and techniques for operating in that environment. As more safety-critical systems such as autonomous vehicles use software in critical roles software engineers must have a broad vision of the role their systems play. ULS provides a view of systems that are sufficiently large that there is no centralized control and failures are normal occurrences. This presentation will give the Linux community a different take on what is needed to succeed with autonomous vehicles.

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John McGregor

Associate Professor, Clemson University
Dr. John D. McGregor is an associate professor at Clemson University, a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute, and a partner in Luminary Software. He regularly engages large software development organizations at all levels from strategic to concrete. His research... Read More →

Thursday March 27, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Salon G

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