Cardiff University, UK
Prof. Omer Rana
I am Professor of Performance Engineering and lead the Complex Systems research group. My research interests lie in the overlap between intelligent systems and high performance distributed computing. I am particularly interested in understanding how intelligent techniques could be used to support resource management in distributed systems, and the use of these techniques in various application areas.
I am also the Dean of International for the Physical Sciences and Engineering College.
Title: "Realizing Edge Marketplaces"
The edge of the network has the potential to host services for supporting a variety of user applications, ranging in complexity from data preprocessing, image and video rendering, and interactive gaming, to embedded systems in autonomous cars and built environments. However, the computational and data resources over which such services are hosted, and the actors that interact with these services, have an intermittent availability and access profile, introducing significant risk for user applications that must rely on them. This talk will describe the development of an edge marketplace, which is able to support multiple providers for offering services at the network edge, and to enable demand supply for influencing the operation of such a marketplace. Resilience, cost, and quality of service and experience will subsequently enable such a marketplace to adapt its services over time. This talk will also describes how distributed-ledger technologies (such as blockchains) provide a promising approach to support the operation of such a marketplace and regulate its behavior (such as the GDPR in Europe) and operation. Application scenarios provide context for the discussion of how such a marketplace would function and be utilized in practice. The talk suggests potential edge services that can be hosted in cities such as Amman (Jordan), and business models to support these services.