I've been working on Distributed Embedded Systems and related communications technology recently so for the "Distributed Computing", Issue #17, of the Microsoft Architecture Journal I wrote a paper on the subject. My Aim was to open up - 'expose' - this very exciting field to the "traditional" distributed systems community. As the industry moves from standalone, smart devices to connected devices and then towards systems of service-oriented connected devices, we will begin to see much more overlap with "traditional" distributed systems design and architecture practices. Not everything we (traditional distributed systems developers and architects) know translates easily to the world of distributed embedded systems, so it's vitally important to understand the different challenges and issues faced, technical imperatives, development strategies, and technology road maps. Hopefully, in my paper, I've done some justice towards answering those questions.
Apart from my own paper there's a fab collections of others. I haven't started reading them as yet, but personally know and respect many of the authors. I know attendees of PDC2008 will be receiving a copy of the Journal, so we've been calling this the "PDC Issue"! The new editorial team are beginning to make their positive marks and you'll notice a new clean, bold look to the Journal as it starts to establish a shared identity with Microsoft other "architecture evangelism" assets. I approve wholeheartedly, but it still hasn't got the minimalism I think we prefer in Europe Western/Northern. But at the end of day it's about content value and that you certainly have in abundance.
On another note, my colleague, Yuriy Zaytsev, alerted me to a Japan MITI survey which concluded:
The questions that arise for me, especially in the context of realizing Distributed Embedded Systems solutions (i.e. Complex Embedded Systems), are:
Over the next few months we'll certainly be exploring these questions in more detail and report back our learning.
Anyway, here’s wishing you a great read of Journal 17!