IoT 19(19): e2

Research Article

Mobility-aware dynamic service placement for edge computing

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.163922,
        author={Gang Liu and Jiawei Wang and Yumin Tian and Zhenhua Yang and Zhenping Wu},
        title={Mobility-aware dynamic service placement for edge computing},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Internet of Things},
        keywords={Edge computing, quality of service, dynamic service placement, user mobility},
  • Gang Liu
    Jiawei Wang
    Yumin Tian
    Zhenhua Yang
    Zhenping Wu
    Year: 2019
    Mobility-aware dynamic service placement for edge computing
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.163922
Gang Liu1, Jiawei Wang1, Yumin Tian1,*, Zhenhua Yang1, Zhenping Wu1
  • 1: School of Computer Science and Technology, Xidian University, 710071 Xi’an, China
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Edge computing provides capabilities similar to traditional cloud computing at network edge closer to users. Offloading applications from the cloud to the edge of the network can effectively diminish the latency of users waiting for applications to improve their quality of service(QoS). Due to the user mobility, however, the distance between the user and the edge device is constantly increasing, resulting in a degradation of the user’s QoS. To satisfy the QoS of mobile users, applications should be dynamically migrated to follow the user mobility. In this paper, we propose a mobility-aware dynamic service placement policy that reduces the number of virtual machine migrations and diminishes user-perceived latency simultaneously. The proposed scheme filters out the invalid migration that the user handoffs to another access point before the migration is completed. The simulation trials demonstrate that our solution improves the QoS of users and reduces the number of application migrations.