Scientists from Queen’s University Belfast have developed a new ‘edge computing’ technology to reduce delays on smart devices.
According to the team from Queen’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), the new system can process data geographically closer to the devices, instead of the ‘Cloud.’
Almost every smart devices’ data is today accessed and processed in the Cloud over the internet.
Forbes predicts that by 2025 more than 80 billion devices, including smartphones, will be connected to the internet and 180 trillion gigabytes of data will be generated.
This implies – given the data being shared and filed – the Cloud will not be able to cope with the billions of devices seeking data processing.
Researchers Dr Blesson Varghese and Nan Wang from ECIT have now found a solution to this problem by designing an Edge Computing system with a framework that provides computing services on the system.
Speaking about the research, Dr Varghese said: “Edge Computing offers a much faster solution for smart devices by bringing application services onto hardware that is geographically closer to users. This means that a proportion of the data can be processed there and doesn’t need to be sent all the way to the distant Cloud.”
“With the Edge Computing system we have designed, multiple traditionally Cloud-hosted applications are able to service users from their adjacent places such as a home router. Consequently, delays experienced by application users are reduced.”
The researchers contend that Edge Computing services will be commercialized within the next five years or so as demand increases.
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