The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is leading the transformation of mission-critical industries such as discrete manufacturing, oil and gas, renewables, and transportation. The next generation of IIoT will drive an evolution of the entire technology stack, from the mission-critical devices to cloud-scale applications. This requires the convergence of operational technology (OT) with information technology (IT)—for example, when connecting OT and physical assets to IT-like computing resources and systems. The promise of this convergence is to yield IT scale, innovation, and efficiencies to traditionally isolated or monolithic embedded systems. The challenge is that the underlying infrastructure within the operational domain typically has very different, and often more stringent, quality of service requirements, such as latency, safety, or reliability characteristics.
In this presentation, Wind River® will outline the vision of fluid computing that is needed to enable the autonomous, software-defined world for critical infrastructure. The presentation will outline a gradual transition from today’s monolithic embedded systems to a completely software-defined world while leveraging the advantages of virtualization, standards, and open source.