# Fog over Virtualized IoT: New Opportunity for Context-Aware Networked Applications and a Case Study

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## Abstract

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## 1. Introduction

#### The Main Contribution of the Paper

- (i)
- To the best of our knowledge, there is no related work that considers FDC across VFC and presents resource allocation and scheduling for the considered real traffic. This is the first work to dynamically schedule incoming traffic into the FNs. Besides, this is the first work to study the impact of a data stream on network resource allocation.
- (ii)
- A distributed Fog-based VFC architecture is presented that, over moderate-bandwidth, provides high availability operations to mobile users.
- (iii)
- A case study is defined—“StreamVehicularFog” (SVF)—which is an Internet-assisted peer-to-peer (P2P) service architecture, and the stream of data passed/processed over the underutilized networking/computing servers in FDC is evaluated.
- (iv)
- The simulation results show a significant reduction in the total energy consumption over FDC with various forms of communication links using real datasets.

## 2. Related Work

## 3. FDC over VFC Paradigm

## 4. A Case Study: StreamVehicularFog

#### 4.1. StreamVehicularFog Virtualized TCP/IP Communication Model

#### 4.2. StreamVehicularFog Computing Model

- ${\mathcal{S}}_{T}\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}$ total number of physical servers with ${\mathcal{S}}_{T}\ge 1$;
- ${\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right)\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}$ maximum number of VMs (possibly, heterogeneous) hosted by the s-th physical server with ${\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right)\ge 1,\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}s=1,\cdots ,{\mathcal{S}}_{T}$;
- $\mathcal{VM}(s;v)\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}$ v-th VM hosted by the s-th server, $1\le v\le {\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right),\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le s\le {\mathcal{S}}_{T}$;
- ${\mathcal{M}}_{sv}\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}$ total number of VMs in the data center that is calculated as: $\sum _{s=1}^{{\mathcal{S}}_{T}}}{\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right)$ ≡ ${\mathcal{S}}_{T}\times {\mathcal{VM}}_{max}$. Formally, ${\mathcal{M}}_{sv}$ is the set of available VMs which may be hosted by the FDC.

- $\mathcal{M}\left(t\right)\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}$ set of the VMs which are turned ON at $\left(t\right)$ time slot $\left(t\right)\subseteq \{(s;v);\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le s\le {\mathcal{S}}_{T};\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le v\le {\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right)\}$
- $\overline{\mathcal{M}}\left(t\right)\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}$ set of the VMs which are turned OFF at $\left(t\right)\subseteq \{(s;v);\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le s\le {\mathcal{S}}_{T};\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le v\le {\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right)\}$

- $\overline{\mathcal{M}}\left(t\right)\equiv \{(s;v);\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le s\le {\mathcal{S}}_{T};\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le v\le {\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right)\}/\mathcal{M}\left(t\right)$ ;
- ${f}_{s,v}\left(t\right)\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}$ processing rate of VM(s;v) at $t\in [0,\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}{f}_{s,v}^{max}](IU/s),\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le s\le {\mathcal{S}}_{T},\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le v\le {\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right)$;
- ${\mathcal{L}}_{s,v}\left(t\right)\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}$ workload processed by VM(s;v) at $t\in [0,\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}{\mathcal{L}}_{s,v}^{max}]\left(IU\right),\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le s\le {\mathcal{S}}_{T},\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le v\le {\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right)$;
- ${f}_{s,v}\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}$ maximum processing rate of VM(s;v), $(IU/s),\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le s\le {\mathcal{S}}_{T},\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le v\le {\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right)$;
- ${\mathcal{L}}_{s,v}^{max}\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}{t}_{slot}{f}_{s,v}^{max}\stackrel{\u25b5}{=}$ maximum workload processed by VM(s;v) during each time slot (t); in $\left(IU\right),\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le s\le {\mathcal{S}}_{T},\phantom{\rule{3.33333pt}{0ex}}1\le v\le {\mathcal{VM}}_{max}\left(s\right)$;${\mathcal{L}}_{s,v}^{max}\le {t}_{slot}{f}_{s,v}^{max}$ .

- turn ON some physical servers which were turned OFF at slot t;
- turn OFF some physical servers which were turned ON at slot t;
- turn ON or turn OFF some VMs hosted by servers which were turned ON at slot $(t-1)$ and are still turned ON at slot t;
- scaling up/down the processing rates and workloads of some VMs which are turned ON at slot t.

#### 4.3. Energy Models

- Fast Ethernet: $1.1\times {10}^{-3}$ ≤ ${\mathsf{\Omega}}_{s,v}^{c}$ ≤ $1.8\times {10}^{-3}$, ${R}_{max}$ = 100
- Giga Ethernet: $1.8\times {10}^{-3}$ ≤ ${\mathsf{\Omega}}_{s,v}^{c}$ ≤ $2.5\times {10}^{-2}$, ${R}_{max}$ = 1000.

Algorithm 1 Pseudo-code Heuristic Solution. | |

INPUT: ${\mathcal{S}}_{T}$, $\widehat{\mathcal{S}}$, ${\mathcal{M}}_{sv}$, ${\mathcal{L}}_{T}$, ${f}_{s,v}^{max}$, ${\mathcal{E}}_{c,v}^{idle}$, ${\mathcal{E}}_{max}$, $\mathcal{T}$ | |

OUTPUT: ${\mathcal{E}}_{T}$, $\widehat{\mathcal{S}}\left(t\right)$, $\mathcal{M}\left(t\right)$ | |

1: for $t\ge 1$ do $t\in T$ | |

2: Check feasibility of $input$ | |

3: for $it=1:{\mathcal{M}}_{sv}$ do | |

4: if $\mathcal{L}\left(t\right)\le {f}_{s,v}^{max}\phantom{\rule{0.222222em}{0ex}}{t}_{slot}$ then | |

5: ${f}_{s,v}\left(t\right)=\mathcal{L}\left(t\right)/{t}_{slot}$; | |

6: | ▹ Update set of servers $\widehat{\mathcal{S}}\left(t\right)$ with 0 penalty; |

7: Find the minimum ${\mathcal{E}}_{c,v}^{idle}\left(t\right)$ in $\widehat{\mathcal{S}}\left(t\right)$; | |

8: if $\left(flag\right(t)==1)$ then | |

9: | ▹ decrease the penalty (-1) in all the servers with $penalty\ge 1$; |

10: end if | |

11: | ▹ add new VM into the $\widehat{\mathcal{S}}\left(t\right)$; |

12: end if | |

13: end for | |

Update $\widehat{\mathcal{S}}\left(t\right)$ and $\mathcal{M}\left(t\right)$ through $\mathcal{VM}(s;v)$; | |

Calculate $\mathcal{E}\left(t\right)$ as in (1); | |

14: end for | |

15: return ${\mathcal{E}}_{T}$, $\widehat{\mathcal{S}}\left(t\right)$, $\mathcal{M}\left(t\right)$ |

## 5. Performance Evaluation

#### 5.1. Test Scenario

#### 5.2. Test Result

## 6. Conclusions and Future Developments

## Acknowledgments

## Author Contributions

## Conflicts of Interest

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**Figure 1.**The overall VFC architecture. CDC: Cloud-Data-Center with the main areas; FN: Fog-Node; RSU: Road-Side-Unit; Fl: Foglet; FDC: Fog-Data-Center.

**Figure 2.**Trace sample of I/O arrival data from an enterprise cluster in WorldCup98 Workload [1:1000] [26]. The corresponding average arrival rate and PMR (Peak Mean Rate) are 1.56 and 19.65, respectively.

**Figure 4.**Energy saving of SVF (dashed plot) and energy consumption of SVF (continuous plot) for the Fast Ethernet LAN for $T=100$.

**Figure 6.**(

**a**) Behavior time in relation to the number of turned ON VMs and physical servers, and (

**b**) the average total energy in $T=1000$, respectively.

FC | FDC | ←FN | ←RSU | ←Vehicles |
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Access Medium | Fix Wireless | Fix Wireless | Wireless | Wireless |

Technologies | WiFi/3G/4G-LTE | |||

Mobility | No | No | No | Yes |

Proximity | Round | Near | Near | Nearly |

Connectivity | Multi Hops | Multi Hops | Single Hop | Single Hop |

Geographic Distribution | Low | Medium | High | Very High |

Heterogeneity | No | Yes | Yes | Yes |

Architecture | Centralized | Distributed | Distributed | Mobile |

Bandwidth | High | High | High | Low |

Latency | Low | Low | Low | Low |

Delay Jitter | Low | Very Low | Very Low | Low |

Network Area | Core | Edge | Field | Edge |

QoS | Improve | High | High | High |

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