Service Provisioning in Vehicular Networks through Edge and Cloud: an Empirical Analysis

Zakaria Laaroussi, Roberto Morabito, Tarik Taleb

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Vehicular Cloud Computing is a network infrastructure paradigm that has been largely used in the vehicular systems landscape for improving drivers' experience. In particular, the higher computational resources made available by cloud computing technologies have helped in coping with the tremendous growth of data traffic exchanged within vehicular networks. However, the advanced development of such infrastructure, together with the relentless proliferation of services and applications characterized by heterogeneous and demanding requirements, has led to redefine the way in which cellular-based vehicular networks assist vehicular communications. As an example, Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) is an emerging network paradigm that can be exploited also in vehicular scenarios to foster a more effective and flexible service delivery. Although in literature the migration of vehicular systems towards a MEC-based approach has been already envisaged giving rise to the concept of Vehicular Edge Computing, a not fully investigated aspect is represented by the lack of experimental insights that shed light on the actual feasibility of this emerging network infrastructures. In this paper, we try to fill the gap in this respect by presenting an extensive empirical analysis performed through a vehicular system testbed. In particular, our work aims at providing empirical insights on the advantages that an edge cloud-based service provisioning can enable in comparison to a centralized cloud-based approach. Besides, by focusing only on the transmission of small-sized workload-i.e. with payload comparable to the one produced by In-Vehicle's sensors--this work also aims at evaluating the suitability of different application layer protocols (HTTP, CoAP, and MQTT) in this peculiar context. In the performance analysis, additional aspects have been also considered, including the impact of vehicle's speed as well as scalability issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking, 2018 IEEE CSCN
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-8146-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-8147-3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking - Paris, France
Duration: 29 Oct 201831 Oct 2018


ConferenceIEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking
Abbreviated titleCSCN

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