Fog Computing

Final submissions due: 24 June 2016
Publication issue: March/April 2017

Please email the guest editors a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 24 May 2016.
Guest Editors: Songqing Chen, Tao Zhang, and Weisong Shi (

Call for Papers

The Internet has witnessed two radical changes in the past decade: rapidly growing cloud computing and pervasive mobile devices. Despite many unresolved issues, cloud computing has quickly become essential to both enterprises and personal end users. Meanwhile, mobile devices (such as sensors, smartphones, and tablets) have become pervasive and are driving the development of many new applications across diverse domains — from transportation to healthcare to manufacturing to smart cities to smart grids — powered by ever-improving wireless networking and mobility support. Enabling this future Internet of Things imposes unique challenges. For example, many devices will have limited battery power and processing capabilities, and hence can’t support computational-intensive tasks. To this end, a new computing paradigm, fog computing, has emerged to distribute advanced computing, storage, networking, and management services to the edge of the network, close to the end users, thus forming a distributed and virtualized platform.

In the past, to bridge cloud computing and mobile devices, a plethora of research was conducted to support mobile cloud computing by leveraging both the Cloud’s powerful computing capability and mobile devices’ mobility support. Much of the work focused on how to effectively offload computationally intensive tasks to the Cloud and promptly return results. This helps preserve mobile devices’ batteries. However, due to the often unpredictable network latency, especially in a mobile environment, cloud computing often can’t meet the stringent requirements of applications — for example, latency-sensitive, security/privacy-sensitive, or geographically constrained applications. In addition, it becomes increasingly impractical or resource-prohibitive to transport the explosively growing amount of data generated by mobile devices and end systems over networks to remote clouds.

This special issue calls for research on various issues and solutions that can enable fog computing. Topics of interest include (but aren’t limited) to the following:

  • fog service architecture;
  • discovery and synchronization;
  • fog-to-cloud interfaces and protocols;
  • data management in a distributed fog computing environment;
  • software-defined fog computing;
  • mobility and connectivity;
  • computing, storage, and services;
  • resource management and provision;
  • management of fog systems and services;
  • security and privacy;
  • heterogeneity;
  • scalability;
  • energy efficiency;
  • programmability and programming models;
  • accountability/monetization;
  • trials and experimental results;
  • tools; and
  • new applications.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on Internet technologies and implementations. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IC’s international readership — primarily practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces new technology and broadens familiarity with current topics. We do not accept white papers, and papers which are primarily theoretical or mathematical must clearly relate the mathematical content to a real-life or engineering application. To submit a manuscript, please log on to ScholarOne ( to create or access an account, which you can use to log on to IC’s Author Center and upload your submission.