Fog-computing-enabled cognitive network function virtualization for an information-centric future internet

Jun Wu, Mianxiong Dong*, Kaoru Ota, Jianhua Li, Wu Yang, Meng Wang

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Information-centric networking (ICN) is an important trend that will impact the future of the Internet. ICN caters to large content consumption patterns while achieving high performance. New features in the information-centric future Internet, such as caching, name-based routing, and content-based security, bring novel challenges to a decentralized environment. On one hand, the processing capabilities on the edge in an information-centric future Internet need to implement smart analysis for large quantities of content. On the other hand, the computational and storage resources need to be configured and controlled on demand and based on cognition of the content from users. To address these challenges, this article proposes a fog-computing-enabled cognitive network functions virtualization approach for an information-centric future Internet. We first propose an on-demand caching function virtualization scheme and design a communication scheme between the fog nodes and the future Internet nodes for the forwarding process. Then, to attain smart control for related operations (i.e., routing, cache policy, and security), we propose a control function virtualization approach. Finally, a cognitive resource configuration mechanism is proposed. The simulation results show the advantages and efficiency of the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8767078
Pages (from-to)48-54
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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