The evolution from local towards virtualised data storage, computation, network management, applications and workspaces has changed the way we use our digital services and brought some clear benefits over traditional systems, such as easy management, universal availability and decreased hardware requirements for devices. We are witnessing a change from separate person-to-person, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine (IoT) computing towards the Internet of Everything (IoE) computing. The foreseen next step in the evolution of wireless communication technologies is the evolution towards the 6th, generation networks. This transition will boost network sharing in cities and indoor spaces, and – especially – drive the local computing paradigm. In today’s cloud systems, all data processing and decision-making logic is handled at data centers, which is not optimal from the viewpoint of performance, efficiency and reliability, security or privacy.

Edge computing is a key technology to unleash the full potential of 5G technologies, since it enables deploying computational tasks near the end-devices and therefore opens novel business opportunities around real-time cloud services for wirelessly connected mobile and IoT nodes. It provides computational capacity near the source of the data, allowing various data pre-processing, refining and analysis functions to reduce the amount of data to be sent to cloud servers and therefore reducing the load inflicted to core networks and data centers.

This project will take the concept of edge computing to a new level by introducing the third, local, tier in addition to the data center and MEC tiers. We will utilise Artificial intelligence to unleash the full potential of each Edge architectural tier to meet different application requirements.