Edge computing pushes applications, data and computing power away from the cloud to the edge of a network. It plays a crucial role in reducing network load to avoid data latency and pursue real-time processing.
OpenFog was formed last November by a coalition of ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft and the Princeton University Edge Laboratory.
The consortium has been formed to solve some of today’s most common challenges, such as high latency on the network, support of end point mobility, loss of connectivity, unpredictable bandwidth bottlenecks and distributed coordination of systems and clients. With an architecture that enables end-user clients or near-user edge devices to carry out computation, communication, control and storage, fog computing can enable client-centric objectives, pooling of local resources, and real-time processing in cyber-physical systems.