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November 21, 2016

Fog computing: The next chapter


by Mung Chiang, Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, Inaugural Chairman of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council and Director of Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education at Princeton University and founding member, OpenFog Consortium

 

Exactly one year ago on this day, OpenFog Consortium was born.

As a new nonprofit with a global footprint, the Consortium rapidly grew from six founding members to over 50 members.

OpenFog Consortium pushes the envelope on one of the most exciting directions of technology evolution: Fog architecture that places computation, communication, control and storage closer to the users along the Cloud-2-Things continuum.

OpenFog Consortium also represents an industry-wide momentum, organized through a structure that provides flexibility, efficiency and efficacy on a pathway of new service and revenue opportunities for the whole food chain.

And OpenFog Consortium encapsulates the potential of a new synergy model for university-industry collaboration and public-private partnership. From open reference architecture to testbed operation, from evangelization to education and training, from research article repository to internship matching, university and industry members stand to benefit from the win-win.

Princeton Edge Lab, founded in 2009, was honored to work with the other five co-founding companies and launch OpenFog Consortium 12 months ago. And today we are excited to see 20 universities from eight countries as consortium members.

The past decade marked the rise of clouds. The year of 2016 is a turning point, opening the new chapter of fog into the coming decade. We at Princeton University are looking forward to working with many partners in shaping this chapter.