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Architecting the Industrial Internet by Carla Romano, Robert Stackowiak, Shyam Nath

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Design for the edge tier

The edge tier contains intelligent devices and special and general-purpose computers. Sensors that connect to edge computing resources in a network gateway can also be included in the edge tier. Edge computing enables some data management and analysis functions to be performed in the edge tier, in small datasets, using data, applications, and services contained in the edge. By performing small-scale pre-processing and analytics in the edge, where fast decision making is paramount, larger-scale or big data processing in higher tiers becomes easier to manage.

In the case of requirements for real-time and near real-time processing, edge computing comes to our rescue. A simple analogy for edge computing is the fire protection ...

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