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MYST: Automated DevOps for distributed applications across heterogeneous Cloud, Fog and Edge infrastructures.

Donkers, Pieter

Thesis supervisor(s)

Zhao, Zhiming

 The amount of data gathered by humans is increasing [1] and more and more data is being generated at

the edge of the network. To lower strain in the network, we should move processing closer to the data.

Moving applications closer to the edge, distributes functionality geographically, increasing complexity.

Distributed applications require smarter tools that allow a developer to maintain control over their

applications. We enable developers to, not only move their applications closer to the Edge but also

separate them over a distributed infrastructure across the Cloud, Fog and Edge. By adding a tool in

the DevOps environment, current cloud engineers can expand their applications from cloud to the fog

and edge. We combine literature research with practical research, providing insights from both academia

and industry. Most DevOps tools provide specific solutions for one problem and not the whole process.

Current solutions[2–5] automate the process on service level infrastructure provided by cloud providers,

not on the Fog and Edge. We proposed a conceptual framework, called MYST, that can automate the

process of orchestrating, configuring and deploying composite applications over Cloud, Fog, and Edge

devices. MYST provides control, reconfiguration and quality maintenance during the lifetime of the

application. In the future, we want to implement MYST and be able to run experiments on it.

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