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Cloud Computing at the Tactical Edge

Technical Note
This technical note presents a strategy to overcome the challenges of obtaining sufficient computation power to run applications needed for warfighting and disaster relief missions. It discusses the use of cloudlets-- localized, stateless servers running one or more virtual machines--on which soldiers can offload resource-intensive computations from their handheld mobile devices.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2012-TN-015
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/6572231.v1

Abstract

Handheld mobile technology is reaching first responders, disaster-relief workers, and soldiers in the field to aid in various tasks, such as speech and image recognition, natural-language processing, decision making, and mission planning. However, these applications are computation intensive, so it is necessary to consider that (1) mobile devices offer less computational power than conventional desktop or server computers, (2) computation-intensive tasks consume large amounts of battery power, and (3) networks in hostile environments, such as those experienced by first responders and soldiers in the field, are often unreliable, and bandwidth is limited and inconsistent. While there has been considerable research in code offload to the cloud to enhance computation and battery life, most of this work assumes reliable connectivity between the mobile device and the cloud—an invalid assumption in hostile environments. This technical note presents a reference architecture for mobile devices that exploits cloudlets—virtual-machine-based, code-offload elements—that are in single-hop proximity to the mobile devices that they serve. Two implementations of this reference architecture are presented, along with an analysis of architecture tradeoffs.

Cite This Technical Note

Simanta, S., Lewis, G., Morris, E., Ha, K., & Satyanarayanan , M. (2012, October 1). Cloud Computing at the Tactical Edge. (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2012-TN-015). Retrieved April 23, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6572231.v1.

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Simanta, Soumya, Grace Lewis, Edwin Morris, Kiryong Ha, and Mahadev Satyanarayanan . "Cloud Computing at the Tactical Edge." (CMU/SEI-2012-TN-015). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, October 1, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6572231.v1.

S. Simanta, G. Lewis, E. Morris, K. Ha, and M. Satyanarayanan , "Cloud Computing at the Tactical Edge," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2012-TN-015, 1-Oct-2012 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6572231.v1. [Accessed: 23-Apr-2024].

Simanta, Soumya, Grace Lewis, Edwin Morris, Kiryong Ha, and Mahadev Satyanarayanan . "Cloud Computing at the Tactical Edge." (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2012-TN-015). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Oct. 2012. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6572231.v1. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Simanta, Soumya; Lewis, Grace; Morris, Edwin; Ha, Kiryong ; & Satyanarayanan , Mahadev. Cloud Computing at the Tactical Edge. CMU/SEI-2012-TN-015. Software Engineering Institute. 2012. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6572231.v1