A multi-cloudlet infrastructure for future smart cities: An empirical study

Julien Gedeon, Jeff Krisztinkovics, Christian Meurisch, Michael Stein, Lin Wang, Max Mühlhäuser

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Abstract

The emerging paradigm of edge computing has proposed cloudlets to offload data and computations from mobile, resource-constrained devices. However, little attention has been paid to the question on where to deploy cloudlets in the context of smart city environments. In this vision paper, we propose to deploy cloudlets on a city-wide scale by leveraging three kinds of existing infrastructures: cellular base stations, routers and street lamps. We motivate the use of this infrastructure with real location data of nearly 50,000 access points from a major city. We provide an analysis on the potential coverage for the different cloudlet types. Besides spatial coverage, we also consider user traces from two mobile applications. Our results show that upgrading only a relatively small number of access points can lead to a city-scale cloudlet coverage. This is especially true for the coverage analysis of the mobility traces, where mobile users are within the communication range of a cloudlet-enabled access point most of the time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEdgeSys 2018 - Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Workshop on Edge Systems, Analytics and Networking, Part of MobiSys 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages19-24
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450358378
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event1st ACM International Workshop on Edge Systems, Analytics and Networking, EdgeSys 2018, held in conjunction with ACM MobiSys 2018 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 10 Jun 2018 → …

Publication series

NameEdgeSys 2018 - Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Workshop on Edge Systems, Analytics and Networking, Part of MobiSys 2018

Conference

Conference1st ACM International Workshop on Edge Systems, Analytics and Networking, EdgeSys 2018, held in conjunction with ACM MobiSys 2018
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period10/06/18 → …

Keywords

  • Cloudlets
  • Coverage
  • Edge Computing
  • Fog Computing
  • Mobile Applications
  • Smart Cities

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