ContMEC: An Architecture of Multi-access Edge Computing for Offloading Container-Based Mobile Applications

Hiroki Watanabe, Ryo Yasumori, Takao Kondo, Ken Kumakura, Keisuke Maesako, Liang Zhang, Yusuke Inagaki, Fumio Teraoka

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Abstract

This paper proposes an architecture called Cont-MEC for enabling UEs (User Equipments) to offload a part of applications to MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) servers. It is expected that a MEC infrastructure is composed of a small number of centralized data centers and geographically distributed edge stations, in each of which multiple edge servers are installed. It is also expected that applications on UEs are implemented as container clusters similar to cloud-native applications and they are deployed on computing clusters. ContMEC has the following three features: (i) constructing a computing cluster per edge station for scalability to the number of UEs, (ii) hierarchical resource management for scalability and efficient resource sharing among computing clusters, and (iii) overlapped computing clusters for efficient resource sharing. A PoC (Proof-of Concept) implementation of ContMEC employs Kubernetes as a container orchestration system without modifications although Kubernetes does not take account of the MEC infrastructure. The PoC implementation shows that advantage of offloading is larger than disadvantage of implementing applications as container clusters, control traffic is moderate against the number of UEs, and efficient resource sharing among computing clusters is achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICC 2022 - IEEE International Conference on Communications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3647-3653
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538683477
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2022 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2022 May 162022 May 20

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
Volume2022-May
ISSN (Print)1550-3607

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2022
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period22/5/1622/5/20

Keywords

  • container cluster
  • Kubernetes
  • MEC
  • offloading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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