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FRμIT at the IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium

Several members of the FRμIT project attended the IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium in Taipei this week, helping to organise the Workshop on Decentralized Orchestration and Management of Distributed Heterogeneous Things (DOMINOS), presenting on work on Peer to Peer Secure Update for Heterogeneous Edge Devices, and giving a demo of the Pi Stack clustering board for Raspberry Pi systems.

Herry presenting at the IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium

Herry presented our paper on Peer to Peer Secure Update for Heterogeneous Edge Devices in the DOMINOS workshop. This short paper explores the problem of how to securely distribute software updates to large clusters of edge devices, where those edge devices are behind NATs and firewalls, or in other challenged network environments. Traditional network management systems assume direct connectivity to the devices being managed, either because they're in the same data centre network or because the edge firewall/NAT is configured to allow access from the management host. As edge compute nodes and IoT devices are increasingly used in residential networks such access becomes difficult, since there is no systems administration to configure such access. Software update and management systems must therefore grow the ability to work transparently, in a peer-to-peer manner, in challenged networks. Our paper presents some initial prototype work in this direction.

In addition, we demonstrated the latest version of the Pi Stack board, developed by the University of Southampton, that can supply power and remote power control to clusters of Raspberry Pi hosts. This was shown working with our peer-to-peer software update management system.

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