Lotus: Serverless In-Transit Data Processing for Edge-based Pub/Sub
Publish-subscribe systems are a popular approach for edge-based IoT use cases: Heterogeneous, constrained edge devices can be integrated easily, with message routing logic offloaded to edge message brokers. Message processing, however, is still done on constrained edge devices. Complex content-based filtering, the transformation between data representations, or message extraction place a considerable load on these systems, and resulting superfluous message transfers strain the network. In this paper, we propose Lotus, adding in-transit data processing to an edge publish-subscribe middleware in order to offload basic message processing from edge devices to brokers. Specifically, we leverage the Function-as-a-Service paradigm, which offers support for efficient multi-tenancy, scale-to-zero, and real-time processing. With a proof-of-concept prototype of Lotus, we validate its feasibility and demonstrate how it can be used to offload sensor data transformation to the publish-subscribe messaging middleware.
- Pub Date:
- March 2023
- Computer Science - Distributed;
- and Cluster Computing