Serverless Edge Computing: vision and challenges

Mohammad S. Aslanpour, Adel N. Toosi, Claudio Cicconetti, Bahman Javadi, Peter Sbarski, Davide Taibi, Marcos Assuncao, Sukhpal Singh Gill, Raj Gaire, Schahram Dustdar

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Born from a need for a pure "pay-per-use"model and highly scalable platform, the "Serverless"paradigm emerged and has the potential to become a dominant way of building cloud applications. Although it was originally designed for cloud environments, Serverless is finding its position in the Edge Computing landscape, aiming to bring computational resources closer to the data source. That is, Serverless is crossing cloud borders to assess its merits in Edge computing, whose principal partner will be the Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This move sounds promising as Serverless brings particular benefits such as eliminating always-on services causing high electricity usage, for instance. However, the community is still hesitant to uptake Serverless Edge Computing because of the cloud-driven design of current Serverless platforms, and distinctive characteristics of edge landscape and IoT applications. In this paper, we evaluate both sides to shed light on the Serverless new territory. Our in-depth analysis promotes a broad vision for bringing Serverless to the Edge Computing. It also issues major challenges for Serverless to be met before entering Edge computing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference 2021 (ACSW 2021)
EditorsNigel Stanger, Veronica Liesaputra Joachim
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450389563
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventAustralasian Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing 2021 - Online, New Zealand
Duration: 1 Feb 20215 Feb 2021 (Website) (Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralasian Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing 2021
Abbreviated titleAusPDC 2021
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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