Abstract: Content caching in mobile edge networks has stirred up tremendous research attention. However, most existing studies focus on predicting content popularity in mobile edge servers (MESs). In addition, they overlook how the content is cached, especially how to cache the content with user devices. In this paper, we propose CMU, a three-layer (Cloud-MES-Users) content caching framework and investigate the performance of different caching strategies under this framework. A user device who has cached the content can offer the content sharing service to other user devices through device-to-device communication. In addition, we prove that optimizing the transmission performance of CMU is an NP-hard problem. We provide a solution to solve this problem and describe how to calculate the number of distributed caching nodes under different parameters, including time, energy and storage. Finally, we evaluate CMU through a numerical analysis. Experiment results show that content caching with user devices could reduce the requests to Cloud and MESs, and decrease the content delivery time as well.
Authors: Zhenbei Guo and Fuliang Li (Northeastern University, China); Yuchao Zhang (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China); Changsheng Zhang (Northeastern University, China); Tian Pan (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China); Weichao Li and Yi Wang (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)
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