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Falko Dressler, Carla Fabiana Chiasserini, Frank H. P. Fitzek, Holger Karl, Renato Lo Cigno, Antonio Capone, Claudio Ettore Casetti, Francesco Malandrino, Vincenzo Mancuso, Florian Klingler and Gianluca A. Rizzo, "V-Edge: Virtual Edge Computing as an Enabler for Novel Microservices and Cooperative Computing," arXiv, cs.NI, 2106.10063, June 2021.


As we move from 5G to 6G, edge computing is one of the concepts that needs revisiting. Its core idea is still intriguing: instead of sending all data and tasks from an end user's device to the cloud, possibly covering thousands of kilometers and introducing delays that are just owed to limited propagation speed, edge servers deployed in close proximity to the user, e.g., at some 5G gNB, serve as proxy for the cloud. Yet this promising idea is hampered by the limited availability of such edge servers. In this paper, we discuss a way forward, namely the virtual edge computing (V-Edge) concept. V-Edge bridges the gap between cloud, edge, and fog by virtualizing all available resources including the end users' devices and making these resources widely available using well-defined interfaces. V-Edge also acts as an enabler for novel microservices as well as cooperative computing solutions. We introduce the general V-Edge architecture and we characterize some of the key research challenges to overcome, in order to enable wide-spread and even more powerful edge services.

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Falko Dressler
Carla Fabiana Chiasserini
Frank H. P. Fitzek
Holger Karl
Renato Lo Cigno
Antonio Capone
Claudio Ettore Casetti
Francesco Malandrino
Vincenzo Mancuso
Florian Klingler
Gianluca A. Rizzo

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    author = {Dressler, Falko and Chiasserini, Carla Fabiana and Fitzek, Frank H. P. and Karl, Holger and Lo Cigno, Renato and Capone, Antonio and Casetti, Claudio Ettore and Malandrino, Francesco and Mancuso, Vincenzo and Klingler, Florian and Rizzo, Gianluca A.},
    title = {{V-Edge: Virtual Edge Computing as an Enabler for Novel Microservices and Cooperative Computing}},
    institution = {arXiv},
    month = {6},
    number = {2106.10063},
    type = {cs.NI},
    year = {2021},

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