A Comprehensive Review on Edge Caching from the Perspective of Total Process: Placement, Policy and Delivery

Honghai Wu, Yizheng Fan, Yingda Wang, Huahong Ma, Ling Xing
2021 Sensors  
With the explosive growth of smart devices and mobile applications, mobile core networks face the challenge of exponential growth in traffic and computing demand. Edge caching is one of the most promising solutions to the problem. The main purpose of edge caching is to place popular content that users need at the edge of the network, borrow free space to reduce user waiting time, and lighten the network load by reducing the amount of duplicate data. Due to the promising advantages of edge
more » ... g, there have been many efforts motivated by this topic. In this paper, we have done an extensive survey on the existing work from our own perspectives. Distinguished from the existing review articles, our work not only investigates the latest articles in this area, but more importantly, covers all the researches of the total process of edge caching from caching placement optimization, policy design, to the content delivery process. In particular, we discuss the benefits of caching placement optimization from the perspective of different stakeholders, detail the delivery process, and conduct in-depth discussions from the five phases, i.e., requested content analysis, user model analysis, content retrieval, delivery, and update. Finally, we put forward several challenges and potential future directions, and hope to bring some ideas for the follow-up researches in this area.
doi:10.3390/s21155033 fatcat:fdtipxzm6rg4fckn5gfqvfpj2i