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Towards efficient provisioning of dynamic edge services in mobile networks

Quevedo, J. ; Corujo, D. ; Silva, R. ; Santos, D. ; Chi​, H. R. ; Radwan, A. ; Aguiar, R. ; Abboud, O. A. ; Hecker, A.

Towards efficient provisioning of dynamic edge services in mobile networks, Proc IEEE ICC - Mobile and Wireless Networking Symposium - ICC MWN, Rome, Italy, Vol. , pp. - , May, 2023.

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Edge computing brings added benefits for different elements in the overall system (e.g., users, operators and service providers). However, currently there are no proper interfaces and mechanisms to instantiate third-party services within the operators' infrastructure (e.g., as a MEC application), thus hindering edge computing to reach its full potential. To fill this gap, this paper presents architectural enhancements, interfaces and mechanisms to enable dynamic and efficient third-party service deployment within the operators' domain. A simulation-based analysis is presented to showcase the relevance of the proposed solution. Results highlighted the benefits of optimal migration of third-party services into a distributed setting, compared to the unveiled drawbacks of a centralized approach. In addition, the key components of the solution are implemented and experimentally validated through a proof-of-concept prototype showcasing the performance impact of the proposed approach as well as the suitability of its implementation.