FogFS: A Fog File System For Hyper-Responsive Mobile Applications

Pamboris, Andreas orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4877-6663, Andreou, Panayiotis orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-6369-1094, Polycarpou, Irene and Samaras, George (2019) FogFS: A Fog File System For Hyper-Responsive Mobile Applications. In: IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, 11-14 January 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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Hyper-responsive mobile applications}, such as augmented reality and online games, require ultra-low latency access to back-end services and data at runtime. While fog computing tries to meet such latency requirements by placing corresponding back-end services and data closer to clients, for e.g., within an access network, assuming a fixed back-end server throughout execution is problematic due to user mobility. A more flexible approach is thus required to allow for adapting to changes in network conditions when users roam, by relocating back-end services and data to closer available infrastructure. Support for real-time migration of software services exists, however, migrating associated disk state remains a bottleneck. This paper presents FOGFS, a fog file system that employs intelligent snapshotting, migration and synchronization mechanisms to speed up the migration of an application‘s disk state between different edge locations at runtime. The experimental evaluation of our prototype implementation reveals that the attainable speed-up is as much as 3. 3 x compared to conventional migration approaches.

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