Welcome to the OpenFog Consortium blog. Our members represent some of the leading thinkers in fog computing, and we hope you enjoy some of their unique insights. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only and reflects the viewpoints of the individual author contributors.

August 16, 2017

Flying through Fog: Why fog computing is crucial to ushering in the era of commercial drones

by Charles Byers, co-Chair, OpenFog Technical Committee & Principal Engineer and Platform Architect with Cisco's Corporate Strategic Innovation Group   No doubt about it:  The drones are flying in. According to the FAA, last year more than 670,000 drones were registered in the U.S. alone.  Drones – also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) –…  Read More


July 29, 2017

Fog World Congress - Come Immerse Yourself in the Fog

  by Lynne Canavan, Executive Co-Chair, Fog World Congress Fog computing continues to steadily expand, due to its ability to uniquely solve the technical challenges of advanced digital applications in IoT, embedded AI and 5G.  For use cases that require SCALE – Security, Cognition, Agility, Latency, and Efficiency – all handled in sub-milliseconds – fog…  Read More


June 16, 2017

Word games: The drive for precision in a complex world. Introducing the OpenFog Glossary of Terms for Fog Computing & Networking

What’s in a name?  While Shakespeare eloquently wrote otherwise, in today’s world, names matter a great deal.  Especially in technology.  And especially when it comes to creating new architectural approaches – like fog computing. That’s why members of the OpenFog Consortium have spent a great deal of time on its Glossary of Terms for Fog Computing & Networking,…  Read More


May 26, 2017

Every way it's measured, fog is spreading

The breakdown of market research studies shows fog is clearly gathering momentum Fog computing has been building steam for a couple of years now.  When the OpenFog Consortium launched 18 months ago, membership numbers quickly skyrocketed. Then, after we published the OpenFog Reference Architecture in February, fog established a leading mindshare position in the discussions…  Read More


May 4, 2017

Smart Grid & Fog: Taking steps towards a prototype Software Platform for Fog Computing

by Gabor Karsai, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Software-Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University The US power grid is a machine on a truly gigantic scale. It supplies reliable and stable electric power to more than $300 million customers via its 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission…  Read More


April 12, 2017


By Brett Murphy, co-Chair, OpenFog Software Infrastructure Workgroup and Director of Business Development, Industrial Internet of Things, Real-Time Innovations   Fog computing is getting more popular and is breaking ground as a concept for deploying the Industrial IoT. Fog computing is defined by the OpenFog Consortium as “a system-level horizontal architecture that distributes resources and…  Read More


March 7, 2017

Traffic Congestion Use Case

Traffic congestion is such a severe and growing problem that it has the potential to paralyze major cities, choking off growth and prosperity. Some cities are taking what commuters may consider drastic and expensive measures, like expanding toll roads or restricting the number of license plates issued. The open architecture of fog computing gives municipalities…  Read More


January 20, 2017

A plain language post about fog computing (that anyone can understand)

By Guest Blogger Sara Kubik   Is fog on the ground? Or can fog be on the ground AND in the clouds? Just when you got used to the term “Cloud Computing”, we now have “Fog Computing”. Hang on! Before you bounce, let me explain how this is important for lawyers (or others that are…  Read More


January 4, 2017

No tiptoeing around it: Fog is roaring in

by Lynne Canavan, Executive Director, OpenFog Consortium. The fog comes on little cat feet.  It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.  - Carl Sandburg, 1916 One hundred years later, fog is making a much more dramatic and lasting impression in today's digital world.  BI Intelligence forecasts that 5.8…  Read More


December 9, 2016

OpenFog's One Year Anniversary

Rhonda Dirvin, Board Director for founding member ARM, discusses the progress of OpenFog and the priorities for 2017 around testbeds and delivery of the reference architecture.  Read her full blog. Note: this link will take you to the ARM website.  Read More


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