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Enabling Wireless Communications and Networking Technologies of Edge Computing

Ahmed, E. A. ; Imran, M. ; Zomaya, A. ; Rayes, A. ; Rodrigues, J. R. ; Guibene, W. G.

IEEE Communications Magazine Vol. 56, Nº 9, pp. 94 - 95, September, 2018.

ISSN (print): 0163-6804
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Journal Impact Factor: 4,007 (in 2014)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/MCOM.2018.8466362

The five articles in this special section focus on new and enabling wireless technologies used in edge computing. With the advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT), billions of devices are expected to generate a huge amount of data that not only threaten to inundate communication networks but may also lead to ineffectiveness of conventional computing paradigms for analysis. The conventional computing approaches require transporting data from source devices over a network, storing it on centralized servers, and then performing analysis. The increase in volume elevates the complexity and costs of transporting and storing the data, and time required to analyze the data. To mitigate these issues, edge computing has been introduced, which aims to bring the cloud resources and services closer to data sources. The arrival of edge computing facilitates analyzing the IoT data closer to the sources, making applications more responsive to dramatically changing local conditions while avoiding communication bottlenecks of wide area networks. Several new wireless communication technologies are emerging to access the edge computing resources and services.