EIHDP: edge-intelligent hierarchical dynamic pricing based on cloud-edge-client collaboration for IoT systems

Tian Wang, Yucheng Lu, Jianhuang Wang, Hong Ning Dai, Xi Zheng, Weijia Jia

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Nowadays, IoT systems can better satisfy the service requirements of users with effectively utilizing edge computing resources. Designing an appropriate pricing scheme is critical for users to obtain the optimal computing resources at a reasonable price and for service providers to maximize profits. This problem is complicated with incomplete information. The state-of-the-art solutions focus on the pricing game between a single service provider and users, which ignores the competition among multiple edge service providers. For this challenge, we design an edge-intelligent hierarchical dynamic pricing mechanism based on cloud-edge-client collaboration. We describe an improved double-layer Stackelberg game model. Technically, we propose a novel pricing prediction algorithm based on double-label Radius K-nearest Neighbors, which reduces the number of invalid games to accelerate the game convergence. The experimental results show that our proposed mechanism effectively improves the quality of service for users and realizes the maximum benefit equilibrium for service providers, compared with the traditional pricing scheme. Our proposed mechanism is highly suitable for the IoT applications (e.g., intelligent agriculture or Internet of Vehicles), where there are multiple competing edge service providers for resource allocation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1285-1298
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computers
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


  • Cloud computing
  • Cloud-edge-client Collaboration
  • Collaboration
  • Dynamic pricing
  • Games
  • Internet of Things
  • Pricing
  • Quality of service
  • Stackelberg game
  • Task analysis
  • cloud-edge-client collaboration
  • stackelberg game
  • dynamic pricing


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