Fog computing brings cloud computing capabilities closer to the end-device and users, while enabling location-dependent resource allocation, low latency services, and extending significantly the IoT services portfolio as well as market and business opportunities in the cloud sector. With the number of devices exponentially growing globally, new cloud and fog models are expected to emerge, paving the way for shared, collaborative, extensible mobile, volatile and dynamic compute, storage and network infrastructure. When put together, cloud and fog computing create a new stack of resources, which refer as Fog-to-Cloud (F2C), creating the need for a new, open and coordinated management ecosystem.
The mF2C project (Towards an Open, Secure, Decentralized and Coordinated Fog-to-Cloud Management Ecosystem) sets the goal of designing an open, secure, decentralized, multi-stakeholder management framework, including novel programming models, privacy and security, data storage techniques, service creation, brokerage solutions, SLA policies, and resource orchestration methods.
The mF2C project addresses the need for an open and coordinated managing of fog and cloud computing systems. We investigate an architectural approach to address the management of fog to cloud (F2C) computing systems. Currently fog and cloud are separate areas; F2C will create an open ecosystem that joins efforts and research in both areas, with the overall yield larger than the sum of the individual parts. We define a Fog-to-Cloud (F2C) computing system as an open ecosystem of networked data centres, cloud and multi-cloud deployments (heterogeneous, federated) and distributed, real-time and mobile computing applications including those involving Internet of Things (IoT), micro-clouds and cloudlets, smart end-user devices, as well as wearables and sensors/actuators. The proposed research will address many detailed technical problems at the intersection of fog computing and cloud computing, with a unifying objective of coordinated, open, secure, decentralized and extensible management. Starting from centralization as the dominant theme of cloud computing today, over to the various and distributed hierarchies of fog computing systems (cloudlets, sensors, smaller-scale edge clouds), we tackle the fundamental issues of application end-to-end latency, cloud reachability, processing and storage offloading, privacy, trust, cooperation and incentives for new services and markets. As such the objectives proposed are expected to lead to the deployment of innovative, highly rewarding services, in areas such as e-health, real-time navigation, critical infrastructure control, and next generation manufacturing.
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