Towards Grassroots Peering at the Edge

David Bermbach, Sergio Lucia, Vlado Handziski, Adam Wolisz

Fog Computing allows applications to address their latency and privacy requirements while coping with bandwidth limitations of Internet service providers (ISPs). Existing research on fog systems has so far mostly taken a very high-level view on the actual fog infrastructure. In this position paper, we identify and discuss the problem of having multiple ISPs in edge-to-edge communication. As a possible solution we propose that edge operators create direct edge-to-edge links in a grassroots fashion and discuss different implementation options. Based on this, we highlight some important open research challenges that result from this.

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