Service migration versus service replication in Multi-access Edge Computing

Pantelis A. Frangoudis, Adlen Ksentini
2018 2018 14th International Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC)  
Envisioned low-latency services in 5G, like automated driving, will rely mainly on Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) to reduce the distance, and hence latency, between users and the remote applications. MEC hosts will be deployed close to mobile base stations, constituting a highly distributed computing platform. However, user mobility may raise the need to migrate a MEC application among MEC hosts to ensure always connecting users to the optimal server, in terms of geographical proximity,
more » ... ty of Service (QoS), etc. However, service migration may introduce: (i) latency for users due to the downtime duration; (ii) cost for the network operator as it consumes bandwidth to migrate services. One solution could be the use of service replication, which pro-actively replicates the service to avoid service migration and ensure low latency access. Service replication induces cost in terms of storage, though, requiring a careful study on the number of service to replicate and distribute in MEC. In this paper, we propose to compare service migration and service replication via an analytical model. The proposed model captures the relation between user mobility and service duration on service replication as well as service migration costs. The obtained results allow to propose recommendations between using service migration or service replication according to user mobility and the number of replicates to use for two types of service.
doi:10.1109/iwcmc.2018.8450284 dblp:conf/iwcmc/FrangoudisK18 fatcat:w2dgl3nfg5h7jhv4vjh4yltapa