Edge Computing: Vision and Challenges

Mahadev Satyanarayanan, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Edge computing is new paradigm in which the resources of a small data center are placed at the edge of the Internet, in close proximity to mobile devices, sensors, and end users. Terms such as "cloudlets," "micro data centers," "fog, nodes" and "mobile edge cloud" have been used in the literature to refer to these edge-located computing entities. Located just one wireless hop away from associated mobile devices and sensors, they offer ideal placement for low-latency offload infrastructure to support emerging applications. They are optimal sites for aggregating, analyzing and distilling bandwidth-hungry sensor data from devices such as video cameras. In the Internet of Things, they offer a natural vantage point for organizational access control, privacy, administrative autonomy and responsive analytics. In vehicular systems, they mark the junction between the well-connected inner world of a moving vehicle and its tenuous reach into the cloud. For cloud computing, they enable fallback cloud services in hostile environments. Significant industry investments are already starting to be made in edge computing. This talk will examine why edge computing is a fundamentally disruptive technology, and will explore some of the challenges and opportunities that it presents to us.

Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Carnegie Mellon University

Satya is the Carnegie Group Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He received the PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon, after Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE. He was the founding Program Chair of the HotMobile series of workshops, the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Pervasive Computing, the founding Area Editor for the Synthesis Series on Mobile and Pervasive Computing, and the founding Program Chair of the First IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing. He was the founding director of Intel Research Pittsburgh, and was an Advisor to Maginatics, which has created a cloud-based realization of the AFS vision and was acquired by EMC in 2014.

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@conference {203422,
author = {Mahadev Satyanarayanan},
title = {Edge Computing: Vision and Challenges},
year = {2017},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = jul,