Ensuring reliability in geo-distributed edge cloud

Albert Jonathan, Muhammed Uluyol, Abhishek Chandra, Jon Weissman

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Centralized cloud platforms have been widely utilized for data-intensive computing in many domains. However, such systems are not suitable for geo-distributed applications since they require data to be moved to a central location for processing. Recent works have proposed an alternative cloud platform, called edge cloud that provides computational and/or storage resources at the edge, enabling in-situ data processing and low latency. Although such a dispersed cloud model offers low latency, it comes with reliability trade-offs. First, edge resources are interconnected using a wide-area network which is less reliable compared to an intra-cluster network. Second, resources in the edge cloud are typically highly heterogeneous leading to performance variability. Third, edge resources may span different organizational domains, containing different participation rules, leading to greater unreliability. In this paper, we discuss the issues of reliable computation and data storage availability in a geodistributed edge cloud system built using commodity resources. We introduce a notion of reliability factor which defines how reliable a node is. Using this reliability factor, we schedule tasks to a set of nodes to meet a certain reliability goal and dynamically replicate data to achieve timeliness for computation and high data availability for data storage respectively. We evaluate our techniques on the Nebula edge cloud and find that the use of reliability factor results in better performance and storage utilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 Resilience Week, RWS 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509060559
StatePublished - Oct 27 2017
Event2017 Resilience Week, RWS 2017 - Wilmington, United States
Duration: Sep 18 2017Sep 22 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 Resilience Week, RWS 2017


Other2017 Resilience Week, RWS 2017
CountryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge grant NSF CSR-1162405 and CNS-1619254 that supported this research.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 IEEE.


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