Research Area:  Fog Computing
Fog computing architectures distribute computational and storage resources along the continuum from the cloud to things. Therefore, the execution of services or the storage of files can be closer to the users. The main objectives of fog computing domains are to reduce the user latency and the network usage. Availability is also an issue in fog architectures because the topology of the network does not guarantee redundant links between devices. Consequently, the definition of placement polices is a key challenge. We propose a placement policy for data replication to increase data availability that contrasts with other storage policies that only consider a single replica of the files. The system is modeled with complex weighted networks and topological features, such as centrality indices. Graph partition algorithms are evaluated to select the fog devices that store data replicas. Our approach is compared with two other placement policies: one that stores only one replica and FogStore, which also stores file replicas but uses a greedy approach (the shortest path). We analyze 22 experiments with simulations. The results show that our approach obtains the shortest latency times, mainly for writing operations, a smaller network usage increase, and a similar file availability to FogStore.
Author(s) Name:  Carlos Guerrero,Isaac Lera,Carlos Juiz
Journal name:  Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
Publisher name:  Wiley
Volume Information:  Volume32, Issue21
Paper Link:   https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/cpe.5343