Cyber-Foraging for Improving Survivability of Mobile Systems
December 2015 • Conference Paper
This report presents an architecture and experimental results that demonstrate that cyber-foraging using tactical cloudlets increases the survivability of mobile systems.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):10.1109/MILCOM.2015.7357644
Cyber-foraging is a technique for dynamically augmenting the computing power of resource-limited mobile devices by opportunistically exploiting nearby fixed computing infrastructure. Cloudlet-based cyber-foraging relies on discoverable, generic, forward-deployed servers located in single-hop proximity of mobile devices. In particular, we define tactical cloudlets as the infrastructure to support computation offload and data staging at the tactical edge. However, the characteristics of tactical environments, such as dynamic context, limited computing resources, disconnected-intermittent-limited (DIL) network connectivity, and high levels of stress pose a challenge for the continued operations of mobile systems that leverage cloudlets in tactical environments. This paper presents an architecture and experimental results that demonstrate that cyber-foraging using tactical cloudlets increases the survivability of mobile systems, defined as the capability of a system to be able to continue functioning in spite of adversity. This paper was initially published as part of the MILCOM 2015 - 2015 IEEE Military Communications Conference.