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Networked Hybrid Edge Computing: Demonstrated Results

Time 10/18/18 10:20AM-10:40AM

Room Pacifica Ballroom 10/11/12

Session Abstract

Ciena CTO Research labs in Ottawa Canada is researching architectures that use networked devices at the network edge as a hosting platform linked to Cloud computing resources as a method to evaluate compute services performance.

This architecture is known as “Fog Computing” or “Hybrid Edge Computing”.
Specifically, this architecture is being explored in the context of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions using edge computing technology from Amazon Web Services called Greengrass. Ciena’s investigation is a non-commercial investigation of how distributed edge computing devices combined with Cloud Services and be used to deliver new or enhanced services.
For TechEx, we will describe Ciena’s AWS results based on resource-intensive computations utilizing high-definition video processing and image recognition as a use case. We will show results based on two capabilities using real-time monitoring comparison of different autonomic networked computer configurations, ie. without humans involved.
We selected “image recognition” as it is a reasonably demanding application. At the network edge the following conditions were applied:
1. Image recognition using a pre-trained machine learning model that is located at the same network edge hosting platform

2. Image recognition using a cloud-based service
Two hybrid cloud/edge applications were designed and developed as a part of this research.
Deployment of these applications was implemented as a part of the standard virtual network functions (VNF) orchestration software used for commercial software-defined networks (SDN).
Results show, it is practically feasible to run real-time video processing and image recognition on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) network devices at the network edge.
Both local and cloud-based image recognition design choices were identified as suitable from both performance and correctness points of view.
We also found Amazon AWS Greengrass edge compute technology is capable of accommodating serverless applications that require non-generic external dependencies.
The presentation that’s being submitted provides detailed technical information about the applications developed as a past of this research. A live demonstration of this work is possible subject to appropriate network services availability.


Speaker Dmitri Fedorov Ciena Corporation

Presentation Media

Primary track Advanced Networking

Secondary tracks Information Security

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