Beyond Multi-Access Edge Computing: Essentials to Realize a Mobile, Constrained Edge Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2024

start page

  • 156

end page

  • 162


  • 1


  • 62

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0163-6804

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-1896


  • The main purpose of ETSI multi-access edge computing (MEC) is to improve latency and bandwidth consumption by keeping local traffic local while providing computing resources near the end-user. Despite its clear benefits, the next-generation of hyper-distributed applications (e.g., edge robotics, augmented environments, or smart agriculture) will exacerbate latency and bandwidth requirements, posing significant challenges to today's MEC deployments. In this work, we leverage the current study item ETSI GR MEC 036, introducing a lightweight constrained version of a MEC platform that can be deployed in a mobile end terminal or in its closed locality. This work presents design options for cMEC, and explains how it can untangle the aforementioned problems while being architecturally compatible with a full-fledged MEC framework. Finally, key use cases and still open challenges are discussed, including recommendations to extend the current MEC standard toward constrained environments.


  • Telecommunications


  • computer architecture; servers; task analysis; surveillance; smart agriculture; virtualization; security; edge computing; multiaccess communication