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'fog' Computing Harnesses Personal Devices to Speed Wireless Networks


A representation of fog computing in use.

Researchers at Princeton University's Edge Lab are leading a global effort, with scientists and business leaders at ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, and Microsoft, to develop the architecture and tools for using fog networks.

Credit: Ahmed Banafa

Researchers from Princeton University's Edge Lab announced the formation of a new nonprofit group, the Open Fog Consortium, at the recent Internet of Things World Forum in Dubai. The group, which includes scientists and business leaders from ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, and Microsoft, is dedicated to creating the basic infrastructure for what is known as fog computing.

Similar to cloud computing, fog computing involves harnessing the computing resources of mobile and Internet-connected devices. The Open Fog Consortium is particularly interested in fog networking, in which fog computing methods offload much of the demand placed on communications networks onto the devices connecting to the networks.

The consortium has opened its membership to companies and universities worldwide and expects to deliver reports detailing best practices for the new technologies they develop.

Mung Chiang, director of the Edge Lab and co-founder of the Open Fog Consortium, says the consortium will help address common problems experienced by edge networks, including connection loss, bandwidth bottlenecks, and high latency.

Denny Strigl, former CEO of Verizon Wireless, says the new consortium "will make it faster and easier to develop technologies, products, and services that can be deployed by as many users as possible."

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