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posted on 2020-07-31, 19:16 authored by Shikhar SuryavanshShikhar Suryavansh

The increasing cost of cloud services and the need for decentralization of servers has led to a rise of interest in edge computing. In recent years, edge computing has become a popular choice for latency-sensitive applications like facial recognition and augmented reality because it is closer to the end users compared to the cloud. However, the presence of multiple edge servers adversely affects the reliability due to difficulty in maintenance of heterogeneous servers. In this thesis, we first evaluate the performance of various server configuration models in edge computing using EdgeCloudSim, a popular simulator for edge computing. The performance is evaluated in terms of service time and percentage of failed tasks for an Augmented Reality application. We evaluated the performance of the following edge computing models, Exclusive: Mobile only, Edge only, Cloud only; and Hybrid: Edge & Cloud hybrid with load-balancing on the Edge, and Mobile & Edge hybrid. We analyzed the impact of variation of different parameters such as WAN bandwidth, cost of cloud resources, heterogeneity of edge servers, etc., on the performance of the edge computing mod- els. We show that due to variation in the above parameters, the exclusive models are not sufficient for computational requirements and there is a need for hybrid edge computing models.

Next, we introduce a novel edge computing model called unmanaged edge computing and propose an orchestration scheme in this scenario. Although infrastructure providers are working toward creating managed edge networks, personal devices such as laptops, desktops, and tablets, which are widely available and are underutilized, can also be used as potential edge devices. We call such devices Unmanaged Edge Devices (UEDs). Scheduling application tasks on such an unmanaged edge system is not straightforward because of three fundamental reasons—heterogeneity in the computational capacity of the UEDs, uncertainty in the availability of the UEDs (due to the devices leaving the system), and interference among multiple tasks sharing a UED. In this work, we present I-BOT, an interference-based orchestration scheme for latency sensitive tasks on an Unmanaged Edge Platform (UEP). It minimizes the completion time of applications and is bandwidth efficient. I-BOT brings forth three innovations. First, it profiles and predicts the interference patterns of the tasks to make scheduling decisions. Second, it uses a feedback mechanism to adjust for changes in the computational capacity of the UEDs and a prediction mechanism to handle their sporadic exits, both of which are fundamental characteristics of a UEP. Third, it accounts for input dependence of tasks in its scheduling decision (such as, two tasks requiring the same input data). To demonstrate the effectiveness of I-BOT, we run real-world unit experiments on UEDs to collect data to drive our simulations. We then run end-to-end simulations with applications representing autonomous driv- ing, composed of multiple tasks. We compare to two basic baselines (random and round-robin) and two state-of-the-arts, Lavea [SEC-2017] and Petrel [MSN-2018] for scheduling these applications on varying-sized UEPs. Compared to these baselines, I-BOT significantly reduces the average service time of application tasks. This reduction is more pronounced in dynamic heterogeneous environments, which would be the case in a UEP.


NSF Grant Number CNS-1527262

NSF Grant Number CNS-1718637

Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) grant


Degree Type

  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Professor Saurabh Bagchi

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee co-chair

Professor Mung Chiang

Additional Committee Member 2

Professor Xiaojun Lin

Additional Committee Member 3

Professor Somali Chaterji