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Upgrading Wireless Home Routers for Enabling Large-Scale Deployment of Cloudlets

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Smartphones become more and more popular over recent years due to their small form factors. However, such mobile systems are resource-constrained in view of computational power, storage and battery life. Offloading resource-intensive tasks (aka mobile cloud computing) to distant (e.g., cloud computing) or closely located data centers (e.g., cloudlet) overcomes these issues. Especially, cloudlets provide computational power with low latency for responsive applications due to their proximity to mobile users. However, a large-scale deployment of range-restricted cloudlets is still an open challenge. In this paper, we propose a novel concept for a large-scale deployment of cloudlets by upgrading wireless home routers. Beside router’s native purpose of routing data packets through the network, it can now offer computing resources with low latency and high bandwidth without additional hardware. Proving our concept, we conducted comprehensive benchmark tests against existing concepts. As result, the feasibility of this concept is shown and provide a promising way to large-scale deploy cloudlets in existing infrastructures.

Keywords

  • Wireless home router
  • Mobile cloud computing
  • Cloudlet
  • Smartphones
  • Offloading
  • Edge computing

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This work has been co-funded by the LOEWE initiative (Hessen, Germany) within the NICER project and by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of project B02 within the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1053 – MAKI.

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Meurisch, C., Seeliger, A., Schmidt, B., Schweizer, I., Kaup, F., Mühlhäuser, M. (2015). Upgrading Wireless Home Routers for Enabling Large-Scale Deployment of Cloudlets. In: Sigg, S., Nurmi, P., Salim, F. (eds) Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services. MobiCASE 2015. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, vol 162. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29003-4_2

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