Submission Deadline: 28 February 2019
IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Sustainable Infrastructures, Protocols, and Research Challenges for Fog Computing.
Cloud computing continues to provide services related to storage and computation by managing a pool of high-cost resources. On the other hand, due to the distribution of applications and services closer to the end-users, academics and industry experts are now advocating for going from large-centralized cloud computing infrastructures to a range of computing nodes located at the edge of the network. Basically, fog computing extends the services and resources of the cloud closer to users, which facilitates the leveraging of available services and resources in the edge networks. Fog computing with the features (e.g., low latency, location awareness, and capacity of processing large number of nodes with wireless access) to support heterogeneity and real-time applications, is an attractive solution to delay- and resource-constrained large-scale wireless applications.
The concept of separating the network slices requires a number of technologies to be in place. Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), fog, and cloud technologies enable networks to be broken out from their underlying physical infrastructures so that they can programmatically provide connectivity as a service. Devices, which will vary greatly in nature, will need to use connectivity in a smart way, with minimal signaling, maximized sleep cycles and lean data transmission – sending only the information needed for the given service. Networks will need to be able to simultaneously support several Radio Access Technologies (RATs) and the radio environment will need to support service flexibility, all while maintaining control over costs and energy consumption. Furthermore, the benefit of SDN lies in its ability to provide an abstraction of the physical network infrastructure.
However, with the benefits of fog computing, there are many research challenges. For example, how to handle different protocols and data format from highly dissimilar data sources in fog layer? How to determine which data should be processed in cloud or be processed in fog layer while designing computation offloading strategies? Moreover, the privacy and security mechanisms within fog servers are also key design considerations. Developing sustainable infrastructures and protocols are major research challenges for fog computing. This Special Section in IEEE Access welcomes researchers from industry and academia to discuss these issues.
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