The project outcome will help developers abstract from technical issues of edge computing by means of the unifying model, and it will enable the sophisticated automatic handling of these issues in a runtime-adaptive manner with its novel algorithms, protocols and mechanisms. We deem it seminal for fostering large-scale ‘smart’ IoT applications.
As part of CRC MAKI, this subproject will take an alternative approach by exploring network adaptivity from a service-centric view. In particular, we investigate the fundamental challenges in advancing edge computing based on the software engineering paradigm called microservice architecture, in which a single application is developed as a suit of small services rather than a monolithic whole. Unlike the related research in MAKI, microservice-based edge computing is not restricted to any particular application scenarios. Therefore, the results generated by this subproject will help close the gap of enabling network adaptivity generally at the software stack level. While bringing more flexibility compared to the monolithic architecture, the modularity of microservice, on the other hand, introduces more dynamics, both spatially and temporally. Our overarching goal is to tackle these challenges and provide a formal basis for such a new edge computing architecture solution with necessary theoretical guarantees.