Realizing the Global Edge Cloud

Andy Bavier, Mark Berman, Marshall Brinn, Rick McGeer, Larry Peterson, Glenn Ricart

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The recent trend toward application hosting in large data centers should and will be counterbalanced by a ubiquitous edge cloud with deeply programmable networking. The Internet to date has been dominated by sending data to programs and people; the next Internet will be dominated by managing data and the connections to people generating and needing the data. In this article, we describe why the Internet is on the cusp of this transition, two prototypes of this next Internet, PlanetLab [1] and the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) [2], and the architectural concepts that emerge from them. We describe the next step: The viral stage, GENI-As-A-Service.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-176
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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