Democratizing the network edge

Larry Peterson, Nick McKeown, Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Tom Anderson, Guru Parulkar, Oguz Sunay, Sachin Katti, Jennifer Rexford, Amin Vahdat

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With datacenters established as part of the global computing infrastructure, industry is now in the midst of a transition towards the edge. Previous research initiatives laid the groundwork for this transition, but that is no guarantee the emerging edge will continue to be open to researchers. This paper argues that there is a tremendous opportunity to innovate at the edge, but having impact requires understanding the nature of the current industry momentum, and making a concerted effort to align with that momentum. We believe there are three keys to doing this: (1) focus on the intersection of the cloud and access networks, (2) contribute to the relevant open source projects, and (3) address the challenge of operationalizing the results. The paper puts forward a concrete proposal for all three, and discusses the opportunity to influence how the Internet evolves at the edge and enable new and transformative edge applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Edge Cloud
  • Passive Optical Networks
  • Radio Access Networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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