Mobile Data Repositories at the Edge


Ioannis Psaras, Onur Ascigil, Sergi Rene, and George Pavlou, UCL, UK; Alex Afanasyev, FIU, USA; Lixia Zhang, UCLA, USA


In a future IoT-dominated environment the majority of data will be produced at the edge, which may be moved to the network core. We argue that this reverses today’s “core-to-edge” data flow to an “edge-to-core” model and puts severe stress on edge access/cellular links. In this paper, we propose a data-centric communication approach which treats storage and wire the same as far as their ability to supply the requested data is concerned. Given that storage is cheaper and scales easier than wires, we argue for enhancing network connectivity with local storage services (e.g., in WiFi Access Points, or similar) at the edge of the network. Such local storage services can be used to temporarily store IoT and user-generated data at the edge, prior to data-cloud synchronization.

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@inproceedings {216793,
author = {Ioannis Psaras and Onur Ascigil and Sergi Rene and George Pavlou and Alex Afanasyev and Lixia Zhang},
title = {Mobile Data Repositories at the Edge},
booktitle = {USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Edge Computing (HotEdge 18)},
year = {2018},
address = {Boston, MA},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jul