We are delighted to announce that a research paper developed under the mF2C Project, has been accepted for publication as book chapter, in “Fog and Fogonomics: Challenges and Practices of Fog Computing, Communication, Networking, Strategy, and Economics” Edited by Yang Yang, Jianwei Huang, Tao Zhang, and Joe Weinman, Published 2020 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2020
Title “Collaborative Mechanism for Hybrid Fog-Cloud Scenarios”,
by Xavier Masip*, Eva Marìn*, Jordi Garcia*, Sergi Sánchez*
* Advanced Network Architectures Lab (CRAAX), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
The collaborative scenario is introduced in Section 2.1, paying special attention to the architectural models as well as to the challenges posed when considering the fog–cloud collaborative model enriched with new strategies such as innovative resource sharing. Then, next section briefly introduces fog-to-cloud (F2C), as one of the proposed architectural contributions in this hybrid scenario, showing its main benefits in different verticals, also emphasizing some open questions remaining unsolved yet. Section 2.3 describes main F2C challenges (could be also applied to any F2C-like architecture), split into three domains, research, industry, and business, in order to illustrate what the issues are on a large view for a successful deployment. Ongoing work done in well-established fora is introduced next in Section 2.4, with the aim of providing users with pointers to main active efforts in the area. Certainly, as of today, this is a very active area; hence, many other relevant works are simultaneously running out there, as it can be seen after a light pass on the recent programs of highly reputed conferences or highly impacting journals. However, it is not the aim of this chapter to report all contributions dealing with all foreseen challenges, rather to point out the reader to the most active repositories. Section 2.5 addresses the insights of the data management in the Internet of Things (IoT)-fog-cloud scenario, emphasizing challenges, as well as the benefits an F2C-like architecture may bring to sort them out. Finally, this chapter ends in Section 2.6 summarizing what the near future is expected to bring in and opening some additional questions for further discussions.