The goal of Sky-Edge is to design a system able to deliver pervasive cloud services to mobile users on demand, exploiting a 3D radio coverage and extending the edge cloud to the sky by incorporating mobile edge computing (MEC) hosts placed on aerial platforms. The ambition is to give mobile users the feeling of having a pervasive distributed computer following them, also in area not covered by a fixed infrastructure. Fulfilling this ambition builds on the joint optimization of communication, computation, and cache resources and on a careful orchestration of a plethora of heterogenous aerial platforms, namely Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) and low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, each with its own potentials and criticalities. Sky-Edge MEC hosts will offer communication, computing, and storage functionalities ready to execute both virtual network functions (VNF) of the 5G service-based architecture and MEC user appliances, while taking care of the necessary energy constraints both of the aerial devices and mobile terminals. The distinguishing feature of Sky-Edge with respect to the state of the art is the exploitation of aerial and terrestrial platforms not only to improve radio Access capability but to move the edge cloud to the sky by incorporating MEC functionalities on aerial platforms. This makes possible to deliver MEC services when and where needed, providing an effective way to handle delay-sensitive cloud computing requests that are highly varying across space and time.
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2017-2020
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad