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IEEE Fog Computing Working Group Formed

November 1, 2017 By Molly White in

An IEEE working group has been formed to create fog computing and networking standards, the OpenFog Consortium announced recently. The IEEE fog computing group will use the OpenFog Reference Architecture as the foundation to accelerate the creation and adoption of industry standards. 

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The OpenFog Reference Architecture will be the foundation for the working group to accelerate the creation and adoption of industry standards for fog computing and networking.  The future standards are expected to help drive digital advancement from the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and embedded artificial intelligence (AI) applications, according to the consortium.


Fog computing, an advanced distributed architecture, is designed to better handle security, cognition, agility, latency and efficiency (SCALE) issues.  The OpenFog Reference Architecture is a structural and functional prescription of an open, interoperable, horizontal system architecture for distributing computing, storage, control and networking functions closer to the users along a cloud-to-thing continuum. The framework encompasses various approaches to disperse information technology (IT), communication technology (CT) and operational technology (OT) services through an information messaging infrastructure as well as legacy and emerging multi-access networking technologies.

The inaugural meeting of the working group is planned for November, with its work expected to be complete by April 2018.  Additional details about the group and its planned work will be unveiled next week at the Fog World Congress conference.

“This represents a giant step forward for fog computing and for the industry, which will soon have the specifications for use in developing industrial strength fog-based hardware, software and services,” said John Zao, chairman of the IEEE Standards Working Group on Fog Computing and Networking Architecture Framework, in a prepared statement. “The objective from the beginning was that the OpenFog Reference Architecture would serve as the high-level basis for industry standards, and the IEEE is looking forward to the collaboration in this effort.”

 “The mandate for fog computing is growing stronger, driven by the recognition that traditional architectures can’t deliver on the operational challenges for today’s advanced digital applications,” said Helder Antunes, chairman of the OpenFog Consortium and Cisco senior director, in a prepared statement.