EdgeNet: A global cloud that spreads by local action

Justin Cappos, Albert Rafetseder, Matthew Hemmings, Rick McGeer, Glenn Ricart

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    EdgeNet has been informed by the advances of cloud computing and the successes of such distributed systems as PlanetLab, GENI, G-Lab, SAVI, and V-Node: a large number of small points-of-presence, designed for the deployment of highly distributed experiments and applications. EdgeNet differs from its predecessors in two significant areas: first, it is a software-only infrastructure, where each worker node is designed to run part-or full-time on existing hardware at the local site; and, second, it uses modern, industry-standard software both as the node agent and the control framework. The first innovation permits rapid and unlimited scaling: whereas GENI and PlanetLab required the installation and maintenance of dedicated hardware at each site, EdgeNet requires only a software download, and a node can be added to the EdgeNet infrastructure in 15 minutes. The second offers performance, maintenance, and training benefits; rather than maintaining bespoke kernels and control frameworks, and developing training materials on using the latter, we are able to ride the wave of open-source and industry development, and the plethora of industry and community tutorial materials developed for industry standard control frameworks. The result is a global Kubernetes cluster, where pods of Docker containers form the service instances at each point of presence.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 3rd ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, SEC 2018
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538694459
    StatePublished - Dec 6 2018
    Event3rd ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, SEC 2018 - Bellevue, United States
    Duration: Oct 25 2018Oct 27 2018

    Publication series

    NameProceedings - 2018 3rd ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, SEC 2018


    Other3rd ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, SEC 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited States

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Artificial Intelligence


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