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Enabling Communication and Networking Technologies for Edge Computing

Feature Topic


With the advancements in Internet of Things (IoTs), billions of devices are expected to generate a huge amount of data that not only inundates the communication networks but may also lead to ineffectiveness of conventional computing paradigms for analysis. The conventional computing approaches require transporting data from source devices over a network, storing it on centralized servers, and then performing analysis. The increase in volume elevates the complexity and costs of transporting and storing the data, and time required to analyze the data. To mitigate these issues, Edge Computing has been introduced that aims to bring the Cloud resources and services closer to data sources. The arrival of Edge Computing facilitates analyzing the IoT data closer to the sources, making applications more responsive to dramatically changing local conditions while avoiding communication bottlenecks of wide area networks. Several new wireless communication technologies are emerging to access the Edge Computing resources and services. These technologies include, but not limited to, Wi-Fi HaLow, LTE, and 5G. Considering the significance of communication and networking technologies for successful deployment of Edge Computing, there exists a need for conducting research to further investigate the standardization efforts and explore different issues/challenges in the communication technologies and Edge Computing networks. The investigation of communication and networking aspects will assist in dramatically increasing IoT capabilities, multiplying practical applications while potentially reducing costs. These new wireless communications networks are vital to support the emerging Edge Computing services in scalable real-time manner.

This Feature Topic (FT) focuses on the crossroads between scientists, industry practitioners, and researchers from different domains in the communication technologies and Edge Computing environments. We envision providing a platform for researchers to further explore the domain and explore the challenges. In this FT, we invite researchers from academia, industry, and government to discuss challenging ideas, novel research contributions, demonstration results, and standardization efforts on enabling wireless communication and networking technologies for Edge Computing.


In this FT, we would like to try to answer some (or all) of the following questions:
How can communication and networking technologies improve the performance and services provided by Edge Computing? How can we evaluate the impact of communication and networking technologies on Edge Computing? What are the key communication and networking technological challenges that hinder the success of Edge Computing? How can we standardize the wireless interfaces of devices for communication in Edge computing?

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Resource and network management in Edge Computing
  • Quality of Service mechanisms for wireless Edge Computing networks
  • Interactions between the Edge and the Cloud
  • Device-to-Device communication and cooperation 
  • Integration and co-existence of technologies and networks for Edge Computing
  • Interoperability between heterogeneous access networks of Edge Computing
  • Energy-aware wireless protocols and algorithms for wireless Edge Computing networks
  • Wireless communications and networking architecture for Edge Computing systems 
  • Virtualization in wireless Edge Computing networks
  • Software defined networking for the Edge Computing 
  • Experimental network measurements and characterization for Edge Computing data traffic
  • Cross layer design and optimization of Edge Computing networks
  • Security and privacy concerns of Edge Computing communication and networking technologies


Ejaz Ahmed
University of Malaya, Malaysia

Ammar Rayes
Cisco Systems, SF, USA

Muhammad Imran
King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues
National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil
Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal

Albert Zomaya
Sydney University, Australia

Wael Guibene
Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA, USA