Opportunistic Resource Sharing in Mobile Cloud Computing

Wei LIU  Ryoichi SHINKUMA  Tatsuro TAKAHASHI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E97-B   No.12   pp.2668-2679
Publication Date: 2014/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E97.B.2668
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Technologies and Architectures for Improving Scalability, Reliability, and Robustness for Future Information Networks)
resource sharing,  opportunistic networks,  delay tolerant networks,  mobile cloud computing,  

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The mobile cloud computing (MCC) paradigm is aimed at integrating mobile devices with cloud computing. In the client-server architecture of MCC, mobile devices offload tasks to the cloud to utilize the computation and storage resources of data centers. However, due to the rapid increase in the traffic demand and complexity of mobile applications, service providers have to continuously upgrade their infrastructures at great expense. At the same time, modern mobile devices have greater resources (communication, computation, and sensing), and these resources are not always fully utilized by device users. Therefore, mobile devices, from time to time, encounter other devices that could provide resources to them. Because the amount of such resources has increased with the number of mobile devices, researchers have begun to consider making use of these resources, located at the “edge” of mobile networks, to increase the scalability of future information networks. This has led to a cooperation based architecture of MCC. This paper reports the concept and design of an resource sharing mechanism that utilize resources in mobile devices through opportunistic contacts between them. Theoretical models and formal definitions of problems are presented. The efficiency of the proposed mechanism is validated through formal proofs and extensive simulation.