Thundercloud formation – condensing the mobile cloud out of thin air

Professor Jon Crowcroft FRS, FREng, FIEEE, FACM, FBCS, FIET

In previous work on Crowd Computing, and on Droplets, we proposed distributed cloud computation on mobile devices only, and on fixed wireless domestic devices, respectively. In other work, many researchers and practioners have proposed offloading work from the mobile device to the traditional “big iron” cloud infrastructure.

The advantages of a fully decentralised system are many, including less threats from coercion, more resilience to attack, less resource use in terms of core networks, and therefore less power consumption, and potentially, lower latency between the user and the delivery of results.

However, the complexity of decentralised systems is a high barrier to their adoption.

In this talk, I will discuss some of our ideas for incentivising this adoption including our MISO toolkit (Mirage, Irminsule, and Signposts on Ocaml) under the Nymote initiative.

Impact of cloudification and virtualisation on the performance of mobile services and mobile networks

Hans Einsiedler

Hans Einsiedler

The current trend of cloudification and virtualisation in the network service provider infrastructure will offer cost-optimised operations and maintenance of the network. Principles like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) are the main drivers of this trend. The trend includes different directions of optimisation and is driven also by mobile network operators. Mobile network architectures and platforms such as the service delivery platform – IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) – as well as the mobile core – Evolved Packet Core (EPC) – are good candidates for cloudification and virtualisation. In addition to the virtualisation of the control plane (e.g. EPC) it is currently discussed to move alos the user plane into the cloud. This will have an impact on the performance for instance of time critical services and applications. Another example is the effective use of bandwidth resources such as local break-out mechanisms. The current SDN and NFV discussions should include such examples and  should consider performance-effective solutions.

About the speaker

Hans Joachim Einsiedler was born in 1966 in Ravensburg, Germany. He received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1994. He worked at the Zurich Research Laboratory, at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, and at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He joined Deutsche Telekom in 1999. Since then, he was leader of EU and EURESCOM R&D projects. He joined the Telekom Innovation Laboratories on May, 1st, 2004 and is responsible for the Seamless Network Control team within Telekom Innovation Laboratories. His topics are next generation control platforms and Internet Protocol control plane topics. Hans is the Telekom responsible for the European Technology Platform eMobility/Net!Works-ETP, the ETNO R&D task force, and the Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership initiative.