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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: October 2020

19 - Economic Ecosystems in Elastic Wireless Edge Caching

from Part IV - Energy-Efficiency, Security, Economic, and Deployment


In this chapter, we study the technoeconomic challenges for one of the most promising new caching paradigms, the elastic wireless edge caching solution, by which third parties dynamically lease storage resources in a wireless cloud. The main idea is the following: a mobile network operator (MNO) advertises storage prices for servers placed in proximity to the end users, and various content providers lease on-demand capacity to improve the quality of their services. We describe the main concepts and existing business models for the elastic CDN solution, provide an overview of the related work, and discuss the key differences between in-network and edge caching. We then present a detailed model for this system where the caches reside in cellular base stations. We formulate a problem where cache dimensioning, content caching, and request routing decisions are jointly optimized by a central processor (CP) to reduce content delivery delay, subject to a given leasing budget. We design a suite of dynamic solution algorithms, based on the Lyapunov drift-minus-benefit technique and present numerical experiments that quantify the benefits of elastic over typical static cache deployments

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