Project Summary:

Today we are witnessing the impressive transformation of the wireless networks. The demand has dramatically shifted from plain voice to throughput-hungry and low-latency communication and computing services, and new types of users have emerged. In order to address these challenges the emerging 5G+ systems include several innovations, two of the most promising being: (i) leverage the SDN/NFV technologies and create fully-programmable wireless systems, and (ii) push services closer to demand by harnessing resources at the network edge.

 

SoftEdge lies at the nexus of these game-changing ideas and aspires to unleash their potential by addressing key bottleneck issues. Namely, it will propose a new class of multi-tier softwarized edge systems; introduce a rigorous methodology for designing their architecture and control fabric; and deliver novel resource orchestration policies for supporting demanding services such as mobile data analytics. Moreover, this project will study the economics of edge systems and design virtualization and pricing mechanisms that will maximize their efficiency and performance.

 

SoftEdge has been carefully designed to maximize impact: it brings together world-renowned academics and industry labs; includes both theoretical and experimental tasks; evaluates representative use cases and demos; has identified paths to commercialization; and has a set of innovative education and outreach activities

Budget, Duration, and Partners:

SoftEdge is a 4-years project, 2018-2021, with a budget of 470K Euros.

The SoftEdge team currently includes 2 PhD students, 1 Post doctoral researcher, and 1 Marie-curie senior Post-doc.

 

There are 2 industry partners, IBM Watson and IE; and NEC Research, Heidelberg. Also, the project includes Yale university as an academic partner and several faculty members from TCD. In detail, we are very fortunate to collaborate with the following excellent researchers:

-- Prof. Doug Leith (Chair of Computer Systems @TCD)

-- Prof. Linda Doyle (Dean of Research @TCD)

-- Ass. Prof. Dave Lewis (Dep. Director of ADAPT @TCD)

-- Prof. Leandros Tassiulas (Yale University, EE & YINS)

-- Dr. Dinesh Verma (IBM Watson, NY, USA)

-- Dr. Theodoros Salonidis (IBM Watson, NY, USA)

-- Dr. Xavier Costa Perez (Head of 5G group, NEC Research, Germany)

-- Dr. A. G. Saavedra (5G group, NEC Research, Germany)

Budget, Duration, and Partners:

SoftEdge is a 4-years project, 2018-2021, with a budget of 470K Euros.

The SoftEdge team currently includes 2 PhD students, 1 Post doctoral researcher, and 1 Marie-curie senior Post-doc.

 

There are 2 industry partners, IBM Watson and IE; and NEC Research, Heidelberg. Also, the project includes Yale university as an academic partner and several faculty members from TCD. In detail, we are very fortunate to collaborate with the following excellent researchers:

-- Prof. Doug Leith (Chair of Computer Systems @TCD)

-- Prof. Linda Doyle (Dean of Research @TCD)

-- Ass. Prof. Dave Lewis (Dep. Director of ADAPT @TCD)

-- Prof. Leandros Tassiulas (Yale University, EE & YINS)

-- Dr. Dinesh Verma (IBM Watson, NY, USA)

-- Dr. Theodoros Salonidis (IBM Watson, NY, USA)

-- Dr. Xavier Costa Perez (Head of 5G group, NEC Research, Germany)

-- Dr. A. G. Saavedra (5G group, NEC Research, Germany)

Work Packages and Organization:

WP1: Design and Evaluation of SoftEdge Architectures.

  • Dimensioning of Systems

  • Optimized Deployment of Control Logic

  • Demo and Testbed Evaluations

WP2: Dynamic Service Orchestration in SoftEdge Architectures.

  • Supporting Multimedia Edge Services

  • Orchestrating Mobile Data Analytics-at-the-edge 

  • Demo and Testbed Evaluations

WP3: Economics of SoftEdge Systems.

  • Virtualization and Cooperation Mechanisms in SoftEdge systems.

  • Market Algorithms and Pricing Mechanisms for Edge systems.

SoftEdge Publications

[J10]  K. Poularakis, G. Iosifidis, L. Tassiulas, Joint Deployment and Pricing of Next-Generation Wi-Fi Networks,  IEEE Trans. on Communications, 2019.

[J9]  H. Yu, G. Iosifidis, B. Shou, and J. Huang, Pricing for Collaboration Between Online Apps and Offline Venues,  IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, 2019.

[J8]  L. Georgiadis, G. Iosifidis, and L. Tassiulas, On the Efficiency of Sharing Economy Networks,  IEEE Trans. on Network Science & Engineering, 2019. [PDF]

 

​[J7]  H. Shirado, G. Iosifidis, L. Tassiulas, and N. A. Christakis, Sharing in Technologically Defined Social Networks, Nature Communications, 2019.

[J6]  Q. Qin, K. Poularakis, G. Iosifidis, S. Kompella, and L. Tassiulas, SDN Controller Placement with Delay-Overhead Balancing in Wireless Edge Networks, IEEE Trans. on Network Services and Management, 2018.

[J5]  A. G. Saavedra, G. Iosifidis, X. C. Perez, D. Leith, Joint Optimization of Edge Computing Architectures and Radio Access Networks, IEEE JSAC, Special Issue on Tactile Internet, 2018. [PDF]​ 

[J4]  G. Paschos, G. Iosifidis, M. Tao, D. Towsley, and G. Caire, The Role of Caching in Future Communication Systems and Networks, IEEE JSAC, Special Issue on Caching, 2018. ​

[J3]  K. Poularakis, G. Iosifidis, A. Argyriou, I. Koutsopoulos, and L. Tassiulas, Distributed Caching Algorithms in the Realm of Layered Video Streaming, IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing,  2018.

[J2]  K. Poularakis, G. Iosifidis, L. Tassiulas, SDN-enabled Tactical Ad Hoc Networks: Extending Programmable Control to the Edge, IEEE Communications Magazine, 2018.

[J1]  K. Poularakis, G. Iosifidis, G. Smaragdakis, L. Tassiulas, Optimizing Gradual SDN Upgrades in ISP Networks, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2019.

[C11] G. S. Paschos, A. Destounis, and G. Iosifidis, Learning to Cooperate in D2D Caching Networks, IEEE SPAWC, 2019.

[C10] A. Galanopoulos, G. Iosifidis, T. Salonidis, Cooperative Analytics for the Internet of Things, ACM Mobihoc, Short paper, 2019.

[C9] J. Joseph, J. Kwak, G. Iosifidis, Dynamic Computation Offloading in Mobile-Edge-Cloud Computing Systems, IEEE WCNC, 2019.

[C8] V. Valls, G. Iosifidis, T. Salonidis, Maximum Lifetime IoT Analytics, IEEE INFOCOM, 2019. [PDF]

[C7] G. Paschos, A. Destounis, L. Vigneri, G. Iosifidis, Learning to Cache with No Regrets, IEEE INFOCOM, 2019. [PDF]

[C6] L. Chatzieleftheriou, G. Iosifidis, I. Koutsopoulos, D. Leith, Towards Resource-Efficient Edge Analytics for Mobile Augmented Reality Apps, IEEE ISWCS, 2018.

[C5] J. Kwak, G. Paschos, and G. Iosifidis, Dynamic Cache Rental and Content Caching in Elastic Wireless CDNs, IEEE WiOPT, 2018.

[C4] A. Galanopoulos, G. Iosifidis, and T. Salonidis, Optimizing Data Analytics in Energy-constrained IoT Networks, IEEE WiOPT, 2018.

[C3] H. Yu, G. Iosifidis, B. Shou, and J. Huang, Market Your Venue with Mobile Applications: Collaboration of Online and Offline Businesses, IEEE INFOCOM, 2018.

[C2] A. G. Saavedra, X. C.  Perez, D. J. Leith, and G. Iosifidis, FluidRAN: Optimal vRAN/MEC Orchestration, IEEE INFOCOM, 2018.

[C1] Q. Qin, K. Poularakis, G. Iosifidis, and L. Tassiulas, SDN Controller Placement at the Edge: Optimising Delay and Overheads, IEEE INFOCOM, 2018.