Wireless Distributed Computing in Cloud Computing Networks
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The explosion in growth of smart wireless devices has increased the ubiquitous presence of computational resources and location-based data. This new reality of numerous wireless devices capable of collecting, sharing, and processing information, makes possible an avenue for new enhanced applications. Multiple radio nodes with diverse functionalities can form a wireless cloud computing network (WCCN) and collaborate on executing complex applications using wireless distributed computing (WDC). Such a dynamically composed virtual cloud environment can offer services and resources hosted by individual nodes for consumption by user applications. This dissertation proposes an architectural framework for WCCNs and presents the different phases of its development, namely, development of a mathematical system model of WCCNs, simulation analysis of the performance benefits offered by WCCNs, design of decision-making mechanisms in the architecture, and development of a prototype to validate the proposed architecture. The dissertation presents a system model that captures power consumption, energy consumption, and latency experienced by computational and communication activities in a typical WCCN. In addition, it derives a stochastic model of the response time experienced by a user application when executed in a WCCN. Decision-making and resource allocation play a critical role in the proposed architecture. Two adaptive algorithms are presented, namely, a workload allocation algorithm and a task allocation - scheduling algorithm. The proposed algorithms are analyzed for power efficiency, energy efficiency, and improvement in the execution time of user applications that are achieved by workload distribution. Experimental results gathered from a software-defined radio network prototype of the proposed architecture validate the theoretical analysis and show that it is possible to achieve 80 % improvement in execution time with the help of just three nodes in the network.
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