John Kubiatowicz


Global Data Plane


As we discuss in a recent paper: The Cloud is not Enough: Saving IoT from the Cloud, the widespread practice of constructing Swarm applications by directly connecting with the cloud comes with a variety of downsides. With the GDP, we seek an infrastructure that enables important new use-cases for the cloud while still integrating smoothly with existing Cloud infrastructure.


The Global Data Plane (GDP) provides a data-centric glue...

Swarm Box

Just as there has been a dramatic build-out of wireless communication infrastructure over the last decade or so, there will be a similar build-out of more capable infrastructure that we call the “immobiles.” These are compute and communication nodes that provide vendor-neutral gateways between local devices and services (accessible via local wireless or wired networks) and a hierarchy of computing and networked services including the cloud. Such an infrastructure extends the cloud by giving it a presence close to the end devices that interact with the physical world (a vision that Cisco...

Selected Publications:

Kubiatowicz, John, Ken Lutz, Ken Goldberg, Anthony Joseph, and Joseph Gonzalez. “Secure Fog Robotics Using the Global Data Plane.” August 2018.

Mor, Nitesh, Eric Allman, Rick Pratt, Ken Lutz, and John Kubiatowicz, An Architecture for a Widely Distributed Storage and Communication Infrastructure. August 2018.

Potrock, Griffin, An Internet-Spanning Content Distribution Mechanism for IoT. May 2018.

Bramsen, Paul, Sam Kumar, Andrew Chen, and Dibyo Majumdar. "Exploring a New IoT Infrastructure." (2017).

Mor, Nitesh, Ben Zhang, John Kolb, Douglas S. Chan, Nikhil Goyal, Nicholas Sun, Ken Lutz et al. "Toward a global data infrastructure." IEEE Internet Computing 20, no. 3 (2016): 54-62.

Lemic, Filip, Vlado Handziski, Nitesh Mor, Jan Rabaey, John Wawrzynek, and Adam Wolisz. "Toward standardized localization service." In Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN), 2016 International Conference on, pp. 1-8. IEEE, 2016.

Goyal, Nikhil, John Wawrzynek, and John Kubiatowicz, Global Data Plane Router on Click. December 2015. In UC Berkeley Technical Report,

Zhang, Ben, Nitesh Mor, John Kolb, Douglas S. Chan, Ken Lutz, Eric Allman, John Wawrzynek, Edward A. Lee, and John Kubiatowicz. "The Cloud is Not Enough: Saving IoT from the Cloud." In HotStorage. 2015.

Kubiatowicz, John. "Enabling the Swarm through the Global Data Plane". Tutorial, 13, November, 2014.

Dutta, Prabal, John D. Kubiatowicz. "Theme 2: Platform Architectures and Operating Systems". Talk or presentation, 29, October, 2014.

Kubiatowicz, John. "Swarming toward the Internet of Things". Talk or presentation, 29, September, 2013; Presented at the First International Workshop on the Swarm at the Edge of the Cloud (SEC'13 @ ESWeek), Montreal.

Dabbelt, Palmer, John D. Kubiatowicz. " A Case for the Universal DataPlane". Talk or presentation, 29, September, 2013; Presented at the First International Workshop on the Swarm at the Edge of the Cloud (SEC'13 @ ESWeek), Montreal. See also the Universal Dataplane Wiki.

Kubiatowicz, John. "TerraSwarms Introductory Meeting What do I bring to the table?". Talk or presentation, 29, January, 2013; Presented at the TerraSwarm Kickoff, Berkeley.