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Stanford University Networking Seminar

Amit Levy (Stanford University)
Operating System Support for the Internet of Things

12:15pm, Thursday, May 14 2015
Gates 104

About the Talk

The next generation of computing peripherals will be low-power ubiquitous computing devices such as door locks, smart watches, and heart rate monitors. Current operating ystem support for these peripherals forces them into vertical application silos. As a result, simple, intuitive applications such as opening a door with a smart watch or simultaneously logging and viewing heart rate data are impossible. We've designed and built Beetle, a new hardware interface that virtualizes peripherals at the application layer, allowing safe access by multiple applications without requiring the operating system to understand hardware functionality, fine-grained access control to peripheral device resources, and transparent access to peripherals connected over the network.

About the Speaker

Amit Levy is a PhD student at Stanford University, working with David Mazières in the Secure Computer Systems group and Phil Levis in the Stanford Information Networks Group. His work focuses on building pragmatic, secure systems for the Web, for embedded systems and personal computers that increase flexibility for application developers while preserving end-user control of their private data. His work has been presented at top conferences in the fields of operating systems, security and programming languages, has been covered by the New York Times and other media and made it's way into large scale production systems. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and Economics and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Washington. Contact website: