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Fog Services and Enabling Technologies

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Recently, Fog computing has received considerable attention in various application domains such as time-sensitive transactions in intelligent manufacture, smart transportation, and cellular networks. Fog computing derives benefits from the increasingly smarter and capable devices that reside not only at the network perimeter but also along the cloud-to-things continuum. This means that Fog-enabled services can be deployed anywhere in a network. Such continuous service provisioning and management have great potential to elevate the intelligence within computing networks to realize context-awareness, timely response, and network traffic offloading. As a new way of delivering services, Fog computing has the great potential to reshape the landscape of the ICT industry and provide tremendous novel business opportunities to customers.

However, realizing the full potential of Fog services and meeting the customer expectations raise a number of significant challenges for Fog service providers. These practical challenges bring new research questions which have not been fully addressed. As many applications will be moved from the centre of the network to somewhere close to data sources and end users to avoid latency in communications, one important question is how to achieve rapid and efficient service deployment and update in a large-scale distributed Fog network. Given the nature of large dynamics and fragmentation in IoT application environments, another question is that how to enable continuous service provisioning, such as Fog sharing mechanism, seamless service management, cross-domain service integration, resource-aware service adaptation, business and operation models. This Feature Topic (FT) is to present state-of-the-art technical advances on Fog-enabled IoT services and applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication and networking architectures for IoT
  • Interoperable Fog-Cloud interactions and enabling protocols
  • Fog service Platform and testbed
  • New resource (storage, networking, computation and task) allocation models for Cloud and Fog computing
  • Systems that support dynamic (re-) deployment of services
  • Fog-enabled data services, including distributed data centers, edge data analytics, and edge caching
  • Fog-enabled networking services, including SDN, network function virtualizations and new networking services.
  • Fog-enabled computing services, Fog-based service discovery, composition models
  • AI-enabled Fog networks
  • Seamless service provisioning through Fog network
  • Trials and experimentation on Fog computing and networking

GUEST EDITORS

Yang Yang
Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing Technology (SHIFT), ShanghaiTech University, China
yang.yang@wico.sh

Tao Zhang
Cisco Systems, USA
tazhang2@cisco.com

Jun Wang
University College London, UK
jun.wang@cs.ucl.ac.uk

Nanxi Chen
SIMIT, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
nanxi.chen@mail.sim.ac.cn

Rhonda Dirvin, ARM, USA
Rhonda.dirvin@arm.com