Smart Grid and Innovative Frontiers in Telecommunications. Third International Conference, SmartGIFT 2018, Auckland, New Zealand, April 23-24, 2018, Proceedings

Research Article

Opportunistic Fog Computing for 5G Radio Access Networks: A Position Paper

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-94965-9_9,
        author={Jofina Jijin and Boon-Chong Seet},
        title={Opportunistic Fog Computing for 5G Radio Access Networks: A Position Paper},
        proceedings={Smart Grid and Innovative Frontiers in Telecommunications. Third International Conference, SmartGIFT 2018, Auckland, New Zealand, April 23-24, 2018, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={SMARTGIFT},
        year={2018},
        month={7},
        keywords={Opportunistic fog computing 5G radio access network Virtual fog access points},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-94965-9_9}
    }
    
  • Jofina Jijin
    Boon-Chong Seet
    Year: 2018
    Opportunistic Fog Computing for 5G Radio Access Networks: A Position Paper
    SMARTGIFT
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94965-9_9
Jofina Jijin1,*, Boon-Chong Seet1,*
  • 1: Auckland University of Technology
*Contact email: jofina.jijin@aut.ac.nz, boon-chong.seet@aut.ac.nz

Abstract

Fog-based radio access networks (F-RAN) are posed to play a pivotal role in the much-anticipated 5 Generation (5G) cellular networks. The philosophy of F-RAN is to harness the distributed resources of collaborative edge devices to deliver localized RAN services to the end users. The current F-RAN is implemented mainly utilizing dedicated hardware and do not leverage on the available large number of distributed edge devices. This paper introduces the idea of opportunistic fog RAN (OF-RAN) which comprises of virtual fog access points (v-FAPs). The v-FAPs are formed opportunistically by one or more local edge devices also referred to as service nodes, such as WiFi access points, femtocell base stations and more resource rich end user devices under the coverage and management of the physical FAP, which can be dedicated fog server, fog-enabled remote radio heads (RRHs) or macrocell base stations. The proposed OF-RAN can be a low latency and high scalable solution for 5G cellular networks.