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G. Gür, P. Porambage and M. Liyanage, "Convergence of ICN and MEC for 5G: Opportunities and Challenges," in IEEE Communications Standards Magazine, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 64-71, December 2020, doi: 10.1109/MCOMSTD.011.1900045

Convergence of ICN and MEC for 5G : opportunities and challenges

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Author: Gür, Gürkan1; Porambage, Pawani2; Liyanage, Madhusanka3,2
Organizations: 1Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland
2Center for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland
3School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-02-09


Information-centric networking (ICN) builds on a content-centric network architecture to overcome the shortcomings of host-centric routing/operation and realize efficient pervasive and ubiquitous networking. Similarly, multi-access edge computing (MEC) is another key technology to fulfill the stringent requirements of 5G to offer anytime-anywhere connected services for massive numbers of devices with ultra-low delay and very large bandwidths. The amalgamation of the ICN paradigm with MEC opens up new opportunities as well some challenges to realize 5G vision and advance beyond 5G systems. The key motivation of this article is to discuss and elaborate the convergence of ICN and MEC for better future networks, and to identify the current standardization efforts. Moreover, the article renders the key use cases and identifies potential research directions with the coexistence of ICN and MEC.

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Series: IEEE communications standards magazine
ISSN: 2471-2825
ISSN-E: 2471-2833
ISSN-L: 2471-2825
Volume: 4
Issue: 4
Pages: 64 - 71
DOI: 10.1109/MCOMSTD.011.1900045
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This research is funded by the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) under Grant 116E245, European Union under RESPONSE5G (Grant No: 789658) and the Academy of Finland under 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927) projects.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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