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Named Functions at the Edge

Xylomenos, G; Pavlou, G; Psaras, I; Karakonstantis, I; (2020) Named Functions at the Edge. In: Proceedings - International Symposium on Computers and Communications. IEEE: Barcelona, Spain. Green open access

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Abstract

As end-user and edge-network devices are becoming ever more powerful, they are producing ever increasing amounts of data. Pulling all this data into the cloud for processing is impossible, not only due to its enormous volume, but also due to the stringent latency requirements of many applications. Instead, we argue that end-user and edge-network devices should collectively form edge computing swarms and complement the cloud with their storage and processing resources. This shift from centralized to edge clouds has the potential to open new horizons for application development, supporting new low-latency services and, ultimately, creating new markets for storage and processing resources. To realize this vision, we propose Named Functions at the Edge (NFE), a platform where functions can i) be identified through a routable name, ii) be requested and moved (as data objects) to process data on demand at edge nodes, iii) pull raw or anonymized data from sensors and devices, iv) securely and privately return their results to the invoker and v) compensate each party for use of their data, storage, communication or computing resources via tracking and accountability mechanisms. We use an emergency evacuation application to motivate the need for NFE and demonstrate its potential.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Named Functions at the Edge
Event: 2019 IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC)
ISBN-13: 9781728129990
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/ISCC47284.2019.8969730
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1109/ISCC47284.2019.8969730
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: NFE, ICN, edge computing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10091129
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