Kinaara: Distributed Discovery and Allocation of Mobile Edge Resources
Edge computing is an increasingly popular paradigm, wherein computation comes closer to the sources of data. A key challenge for edge computing is discovering and utilizing the heterogeneous resources of the vast number of mobile devices at the network edge. Mobile edge devices hide behind private networks, they are mobile and their owners hesitate to share them due to privacy considerations. We propose Kinaara a framework for discovering and allocating collective resources for edge computing applications. First, Kinaara uses a multi-tier architecture to organize geographically proximal edge devices in clusters and provide their resources via trusted mediator entities. Second, it uses a novel resource representation to name and encode devices in terms of the resources advertised by their users. Third, it uses a novel distributed indexing scheme to organize devices in a proximal cluster on a ring logical structure based on their resource similarity. Our extensive experimental evaluation on a large Wi-Fi mobility dataset of 150K users and 345 APs show that compared to existing approaches Kinaara reduces resource discovery overhead by up to 70% and is robust to device mobility.