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Blockchain-Based Task Offloading in Drone-Aided Mobile Edge Computing

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Zhenyu Wen, Bin Qian, Professor Graham MorganORCiD, Professor Raj Ranjan


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© 1986-2012 IEEE.An increasing number of cloud providers now offer mobile edge computing (MEC) services for their customers to support task offloading. This is undertaken to reduce latency associated with forwarding data from IoT devices owned by customers to cloud platforms. However, two challenges remain in existing MEC scenarios: (i) the coverage of MEC services is limited; (ii) there is limited ability to develop an audit trail about which MEC service providers have processed a user's data. A new architecture for automatically offloading user tasks in MEC scenarios is proposed that addresses the two challenges above. The architecture makes use of drones to dynamically cache data generated from IoT devices and forward this data to MEC servers that participate in a private blockchain network. Our simulated experiments demonstrate the flexibility of the task offloading process through the proposed architecture, which can provide greater visibility of MEC service providers involved in processing users' data.

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Author(s): Luo S, Li H, Wen Z, Qian B, Morgan G, Longo A, Rana O, Ranjan R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Network

Year: 2021

Volume: 35

Issue: 1

Pages: 124-129

Online publication date: 16/01/2021

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0890-8044

ISSN (electronic): 1558-156X

Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.


DOI: 10.1109/MNET.011.2000222


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