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ComSoc Technology News (CTN) is a free, online monthly publication that publishes interesting, timely, and newsworthy articles that span a wide range of topics related to the communications technology industry. Our mission is to be an informational resource that brings diverse perspective and thought leadership, while providing a platform for lively discussion amongst our readers.

CTN is run by a team of volunteer editorial board members who are technical experts in diverse fields. All articles are reviewed and edited by a technical editor. The editor-in-chief performs the final review prior to publication. 

November 2021 Issue

Life on the Edge, How an Old Tech Has Become a Buzz Word of the Future

Wikipedia says that “the origins of edge computing lie in content delivery networks that were created in the late 1990s to serve web and video content from edge servers that were deployed close to users. In the early 2000s, these networks evolved to host applications and application components at the edge servers, resulting in the first commercial edge computing services that hosted applications such as dealer locators, shopping carts, real-time data aggregators, and ad insertion engines.”

Now days edge computing is synonymous with low latency, high data traffic and verticals requiring low latency. Operators are partnering with cloud providers to deliver “edge” computing capabilities, and academics are intensely working on how this edge can be pushed closer and closer to where the data is generated. Regardless of the time horizon and application, there’s no doubt that the edge will continue to be defined in years to come.

On this article, the authors provide a whirlwind tour through what edge computing means in the context of 5G and inform the reader of the state of this technology as it relates to wireless standards and wireless applications. There’s no doubt that the list of publications on edge computing are vast but the role of this technology within wireless standardization is just starting to be understood. As always, your comments and feedback are most welcome.

Yingzhen Qu, CTN Associate Editor
Miguel Dajer, CTN Editor-in-Chief

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