Resources

What is fog computing? What about security in fog nodes? What are the fundamental elements to a fog computing architecture? Are there any online courses available?

Got questions? Get answers in our resource hub, where we’ve compiled a centralized library to help you learn more about fog computing through white papers, webinars, research link, blog and online education materials.

Definition of Fog Computing

Fog computing is a system-level horizontal architecture that distributes resources and services of computing, storage, control and networking anywhere along the continuum from Cloud to Things.  It is a:

  • Horizontal architecture: Support multiple industry verticals and application domains, delivering intelligence and services to users and business
  • Cloud-to-Thing continuum of services: Enable services and applications to be distributed closer to Things, and anywhere along the continuum between Cloud and Things
  • System-level: Extend from the Things, over the network edges, through the Cloud, and across multiple protocol layers – not just radio systems, not just a specific protocol layer, not just at one part of an end-to-end system, but a system spanning between the Things and the Cloud

 

White Papers

Fog Computing – Indepth look at fog computing’s opportunities and challenges to form a distributed and virtualized platform.

The Energy Fog – A new paradigm on how electric vehicles, blockchain, and fog computing will re-power the planet.  White paper by Shaun Varga & Ross Laurie

Fog vs. Edge – Nebbiolo Technologies explains the commonalities and differences between Fog and Edge.

Fog Computing and Industrial IoT:  New business models and fast change in the manufacturing industry by relayr

OpenFog Architecture Overview white paper.   Click here to access the full OpenFog Reference Architecture.

Fog and IoT: An Overview of Research Opportunities by Dr. Mung Chiang, Princeton University; and Dr. Tao Zhang, Cisco System

From Cloud to Fog and The Internet of Things by Michael Enescu, Co-founder at Energy Adaptive Networks

Fog Computing and Its Role in the Internet of Things by Flavio Bonomi et al

Fog Networks by Mung Chiang, OpenFog Consortium Board Member and Arthur LeGrande Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University

Fog Networking: An Overview on Research Opportunities by Mung Chiang, OpenFog Consortium Board Member and Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University

Fog Computing and the Internet of Things: Extend the Cloud to Where the Things Are; Author: Cisco

 

Speakers Bureau

OpenFog Consortium members include the leading thinkers and technical experts on fog, edge and distributed computing.  To request a speaker for a keynote, panel or breakout session speaker for your event, please submit your request.

Fog Computing Research

Gain insights into advanced research on fog computing from universities, research centers and industry organizations. This content was formerly located at fogresearch.org.

To contribute to these pages, please contact us at info@openfogconsortium.org.

 

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Fog Computing Use Cases

Smart Buildings

Today’s smart buildings are beginning to leverage the Industrial Internet for improved business outcomes, such as better energy efficiency, sustainable technology, improved occupant satisfaction and lower operational costs.  When coupled with 5G and other building communications, fog computing can provide local processing and storage as well as optimize network usage that enhance the value of smart building applications. This use case reviews and explains how fog computing & networking can make buildings more secure and operationally efficient.  Download the use case.

 

High-Scale Package Drone Delivery

The concept of using drones—also known as flying robots and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—is gaining a lot of attention. Drone fleets can reduce costs, congestion and environmental impact to a degree that no one would have imagined possible.  Yet there are also challenges to deployment:  Network bandwidth and availability, drone hub management, regulatory considerations and more.  This use case examines the advantages, requirements and restrictions of drone package delivery in a fog computing environment. Download the use case.

 

Real-time Subsurface Imaging

Subsurface imaging and monitoring in real time is crucial for understanding subsurface structures and dynamics that may pose risks or opportunities for oil/gas exploration and production, civil infrastructure, etc., while minimizing environmental impact.  This use case examines a new approach to real-time subsurface imaging through a mesh network of fog nodes. Download the use case.

 

Traffic Congestion

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 a new weapon in the fight against traffic congestion.  Fog has the flexibility to leverage traffic-related big data, which enables municipalities to take measures to alleviate congestion by connecting and analyzing previously unconnected infrastructure devices, roadside sensors, and on-board vehicles devices, in order to redirect traffic based on real-time data.  Review the OpenFog Use Case – Traffic Congestion

 

Video Surveillance

Surveillance and security cameras are being deployed worldwide in record numbers in order to ensure the security and safety of materials, people, and places. These surveillance devices are generating massive amounts of data, with a single camera generating in excess of one terabyte of data per day.  Systems of surveillance devices generate data that must be analyzed in real time in order to ensure public safety. Traditional cloud-based models to analyze the data are no longer adequate due to latency challenges, network availability and the cost to transmit data to the cloud and back.  This use case explores the use of fog computing in surveillance scenarios.   Download the use case.