On March 8th and 9th, 2018 the first Fachgespräch on Fog Computing organized by Boris Koldehofe (TU Darmstadt), Andreas Reinhardt (TU Clausthal), Stefan Schulte (TU Wien) at the Multimedia Communications Lab, TU Darmstadt.
Fog computing has recently gained much interest by the research community, especially since it allows to (pre-) process or filter IoT data on-site instead ofsending data to the cloud. Since fog computing addresses several research topics which are closely linked to the “Kommunikation und Verteilte
Systeme” (KuVS) community, the organizers were happy that the KuVS
board accepted our proposal for a “Fachgespräch” on this very recent research topic. In general, Fachgespräche provide a forum for (young) researchers to exchange ideas in an informal setting. The goal is to provide the opportunity to identify potential collaborations by presenting early work and research ideas.
The workshop attracted overall 23 registrations from 12 distinct institutions spread over Germany and Austria. The program was comprised of two keynotes: one introductory key note given by Ruben Mayer on the topic “On the Road to an Open Infrastructure for the Internet of Things” and an industrial keynote given by Lasse Lehmann from AGT International. Furthermore, nine submissions have been selected in a peer-review process for presentation at the Fachgespräch for presentation. Within their paper Fog Computing: Current Research and Future Challenges, Julien Gedeon et al. present an overview of research questions in the field, with a focus on future challenges. Olena Skarlat et al. present a concrete testbed for fog computing in their paper FogFrame: IoT Service Deployment and Execution in the Fog. Sevil Dräxler et al. analyze cloud services with regard to resource demands in their paper Towards Predicting Resource Demands and Performance of Distributed Cloud Services. Peter Danielis et al. present a potential use case for fog computing in their paper A Distributed Protocol for Crowd Counting in Urban Environments. Manisha Lutra et al. present an approach to apply Complex Event Processing in the fog or in the cloud in their paper Adaptive Complex Event Processing over Fog-Cloud Infrastructure Supporting Transitions. An approach to provide data processing using heterogeneous IoT devices is presented by Aditya Raj and Andreas Reinhardt in CLAP: Cooperative Locality-Aware Data Processing in Heterogeneous Fog Environments. Zoltan Mann provides insights on Data Protection in Fog Computing through Monitoring and Adaptation, with a special focus on adaptive approaches to data protection. In their paper Migrating IoT Processing to Fog Gateways Daniel Happ et al. apply on-site gateways for sensor data processing. Stefan Geissler and Thomas Zinner present an approach to pipeline processing, which helps to overcome device heterogeneity in their paper TableVisor 2.0: Hardware-independent Multi Table Processing.
We believe the workshop was indeed successful enabling many in depth scientific discussions between the participants. The participants also identified possible collaborations and intended interest to work on collaborative research papers in the field. The planning of a continuation of this Fachgespräch is under preparation.
Thanks to the support of the Profile Area Internet and Digitization at TU Darmstadt and the DFG Collaborative Research Center Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet (MAKI) we were able to offer free registration for TU members and host the workshop in an inspiring environment. We’d like to thank also our industrial sponsors AGT International and Ascora GmbH.
More details are available on the homepage of the Fachgespräch as well as infos to the proceedings can be found at