PuzzleMesh: A Puzzle Model to Build Mesh of Agnostic Services for Edge-Fog-Cloud Articles uri icon


  • Sanchez Gallegos, Dante D.
  • Gonzalez-Compean, J. L.
  • Marin Castro, Heidy M.
  • Tchernykh, Andrei

publication date

  • March 2023


  • 2


  • 16

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1939-1374


  • This paper presents the design, development, and evaluation of PuzzleMesh, an agnostic service mesh composition model to process large volumes of data in edge-fog-cloud environments. This model is based on a puzzle metaphor where pieces, puzzles, and metapuzzles represent self-contained autonomous and reusable software artifacts encapsulated into containers and published as microservices. A piece represents the integration of apps with I/O interfaces (loops/sockets), parallel processing, and management software. A puzzle represents a processing structure (e.g., workflows) built coupling pieces through loops and sockets. Puzzles integrate structures with a microservice architecture, implicit continuous dataflows, and transparent data exchange management software. A metapuzzle represents a recursive assemble of puzzles. A mesh represents a pool of pieces, puzzles, and metapuzzles available for designers to choose artifacts to build services. A prototype developed using PuzzleMesh model was evaluated through case studies about the automatic construction of processing services for the acquisition, pre-processing, manufacturing, preserving, and visualizing of satellite imagery. A qualitative comparison revealed that PuzzleMesh provides a flexible way to build reusable and portable services and to improve the usability of the services. The case study also revealed that PuzzleMesh yielded better performance results than other state-of-the-art tools.


  • agnostic services; big data pipelines; edge-fog-cloud services; microservices architecture