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The Role of Cloudlets in Hostile Environments

October 2013 Article
Mahadev Satyanarayanan (Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science), Grace Lewis, Edwin J. Morris, Soumya Simanta, Jeff Boleng, Kiryong Ha (Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science)

This article appeared in IEEE Pervasive Computing in a special issue on "The Edge of the Cloud."

Abstract

The convergence of mobile computing and cloud computing is predicated on a reliable, high-bandwidth, end-to-end network, which is difficult to guarantee in hostile environments. However, virtual-machine-based cloudlets located in close proximity to associated mobile devices can overcome this deep-rooted problem.