Journal Article

Software-Defined System Support for Enabling Ubiquitous Mobile Edge Computing

Yaser Jararweh, Mohammad Alsmirat, Mahmoud Al-Ayyoub, Elhadj Benkhelifa, Ala’ Darabseh, Brij Gupta and Ahmad Doulat

in The Computer Journal

Published on behalf of British Computer Society

Volume 60, issue 10, pages 1443-1457
Published in print October 2017 | ISSN: 0010-4620
Published online February 2017 | e-ISSN: 1460-2067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/comjnl/bxx019
Software-Defined System Support for Enabling Ubiquitous Mobile Edge Computing

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Abstract

Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) enables ubiquitous and efficient cloud services to mobile users which facilitates mobile cloud computing (MCC) more easily by providing storage and processing capacity within the access range of the mobile devices. To achieve the goals of MEC, Mobile Edge (ME) servers are co-placed with the mobile network base station (at the edge of the mobile network). This eliminates the need to move computation and storage intensive tasks from a mobile device to a centralized cloud server. This in turn reduces the network communication load and delay and it also enhances the quality of service provided for the mobile end users. Applications, such as smart grid applications, content delivery networks, crowed sourcing, traffic management and E-health, will greatly benefit from such deployment. Unfortunately, a large-scale deployment of ME servers that is needed to make hundreds of applications available to millions of users, comes with great management complexity. The emerging technique of Software-Defined Systems (SDSys) abstracts the management complexities of many systems at different layers by utilizing software components. In this paper, we build a software-defined based framework that enable efficient and ubiquitous MCC services by integrating different SDSys components with the MEC system. The integrated framework is implemented and it is evaluated for its feasibility, flexibility and potential superiority.

Keywords: mobile edge computing; software-defined systems; LTE and WiFi; ubiquitous Computing; mobile cloud computing

Journal Article.  9101 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Computer Science

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