A decentralized reactive approach to online task offloading in mobile edge computing environments

Qinglan Peng, Yunni Xia*, Yan Wang, Chunrong Wu, Xin Luo, Jia Lee

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In mobile edge computing (MEC) environments, the task offloading towards nearby edge servers usually occurs when local resources are inadequate for computation-intensive applications. While the MEC servers benefit from the close proximity to the end-users to provide services at reduced latency and lower energy costs, they suffer from limitations in computational and radio resources, which calls for smart, timely, and efficient offloading methods and strategies. In this paper, we consider an arbitrary request arrival pattern and formulate the MEC-oriented task offloading problem as an online multi-dimensional integer linear programming. We propose a decentralized reactive approach by adopting a dynamic-learning mechanism to yield online offloading decisions upon request arrivals. Experiments based on real-world MEC environment datasets show that our method outperforms state-of-the-art ones in terms of offloading responsiveness and efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationService-Oriented Computing
Subtitle of host publication18th International Conference, ICSOC 2020 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 14–17, 2020 Proceedings
EditorsEleanna Kafeza, Boualem Benatallah, Fabio Martinelli, Hakim Hacid, Athman Bouguettaya, Hamid Motahari
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030653101
ISBN (Print)9783030653095
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event18th International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing, ICSOC 2020 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 14 Dec 202017 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12571 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference18th International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing, ICSOC 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


  • Mobile edge computing
  • Task offloading
  • Reactive scheduling
  • Decentralized scheduling


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