IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering

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From the October-December 2018 issue

Cascading Edge Failures: A Dynamic Network Process

By June Zhang and Jose M.F. Moura

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This paper studies a network process that can be used to model cascading failures in networks. The Dynamic Bond Percolation (DBP) process models, through stochastic local rules, the failure or recovery of an edge/link (i,j) n a network. The probability that a working link fails or a failed link recovers may be independent of the state of other links or may be dependent locally on the state of neighboring links as described by a cascade function f. In applications, this means that failures or recovery of links may have a regional preference, or, alternatively, relationships between neighbors in the network can lead to changes in the links between neighbors of neighbors. This paper shows that the dynamic evolution of P(A, t), the probability that the network is in some state A, describing the collective states of all the links at time t, converges to a stationary distribution. We use this distribution to study the emergence of global behaviors like consensus (i.e., catastrophic failure or full recovery of all the edges) or mixed (i.e., some failed and some working substructures). In particular, we show that, depending on the local dynamical rule, different network substructures, such as hub or triangle subgraphs, are more prone to failure.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) are expected to improve the quality of human lives through billions of Internet-based devices. To satisfy the computation and storage requirements of IoT, cloud computing has served as the most important computing infrastructure. However, with the explosion of the number of devices in IoT (expected to reach 50 billion by 2020), a large volume of raw data will be continuously generated by IoT devices, consequently making cloud computing inadequate to efficiently and securely handle the data. In particular, cloud computing will be highly limited in terms of network bandwidth and privacy protection in IoT. To solve this problem, many researchers have attempted to move data computation and service provisioning from the cloud to the edge, which results in the area of edge computing and the related fog computing. Early-stage research has indicated that edge computing could potentially enable IoT applications to meet their latency/delay requirements, improve the scalability and energy efficiency of IoT systems, and facilitate contextual information processing. Nevertheless, a series of challenging problems need to be addressed in order to fully utilize edge computing for IoT. For instance, most of the computation resources in edge computing are heterogeneous mobile devices that are highly energy-hungry, which means that edge computing tends to be unreliable. Moreover, how to efficiently distribute computation/data storage and how to combine edge computing with cloud computing in order to provide scalable services need to be further studied. In addition, how to support services without compromising privacy and security is a challenging problem in edge computing. This special issue aims to provide a prime venue for researchers from both academia and industry to discuss the key problems and present the innovative solutions in the area of edge computing for IoT.

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