Scalable and Distributed Cloud Continuum Orchestration for Next-Generation IoT Applications: Latest Advances and Prospects

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 114

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 15780 Athens, Greece
Interests: software-defined networks; cognitive radio networks; IoT; big data; social network analysis; recommender systems
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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 15780 Athens, Greece
Interests: computer networking; network optimisation; cloud computing; edge computing; multi-criteria decision-making

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), the centralized cloud computing service delivery paradigm has been gradually transformed into a cloud continuum that includes edge and fog computing and heterogeneous IoT devices with varying computing and power capabilities. At the same time, the dawn of the 5G era requires advanced orchestration solutions that guarantee the requirements of time-/mission-critical IoT-enabled applications.

There remain, however, several challenges to be addressed regarding these capabilities. The orchestration of such complex applications requires, for example, heterogeneous resources spread across the cloud continuum. The core advantage of edge computing is the placement of computational resources at the network edge to alleviate the computation burden of IoT devices, which are also augmented with enhanced computational capabilities. In this context, the orchestration of such applications requires solutions for distributed service embedding, task offloading, resource autoscaling, and service migration in a real-time and in a scalable fashion. With the evolution of the IoT and the advent of 5G/6G and massive machine-type communications, extremely dense networks are expected to be created, placing even more strain on the available infrastructure across the cloud continuum.

With this context in mind, this Special Issue is soliciting novel conceptual, theoretical, and experimental contributions to this set of currently unresolved challenges in the area of the cloud continuum, the IoT, and AI. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Resource allocation and scheduling in the cloud continuum;
  • Virtual network embedding in the cloud continuum;
  • Scalability issues in the cloud continuum;
  • Novel architectures in the cloud continuum;
  • AI for QoS management in cloud continuum.
  • task offloading in the cloud continuum;
  • Energy sustainability in the cloud continuum;
  • Digital twins in the cloud continuum;
  • Network/resource monitoring in the cloud continuum;
  • Computation and network infrastructure resilience and reliability;
  • Virtualization solutions for distributed application deployment in the cloud continuum;
  • Security issues in the cloud continuum;
  • Architectures for digital forensics;
  • Data analytics, traffic analysis, and classification in the cloud continuum;
  • Testbeds and experimental facilities report.

Dr. Dimitrios Dechouniotis
Dr. Ioannis Dimolitsas
Guest Editors

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  • IoT 
  • AI
  • cloud computing 
  • edge computing 
  • fog computing
  • 5G/6G
  • digital twins
  • distributed service embedding
  • task offloading
  • resource autoscaling
  • service migration

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