When Cache Meets Vehicular Edge Computing: Architecture, Key Issues, and Challenges

Chaogang Tang, Wei Chen, Chunsheng Zhu, Qing Li, Hsiao Hwa Chen

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Task-oriented caching in vehicular edge computing (VEC) has become a hot topic recently, which brings in many opportunities for capability limited vehicles and makes VEC task offloading and service provision more cost-effective. Most works on caching assisted task offloading in VEC focused mainly on the reuse of computation results and neglected the characteristics pertaining to VEC. In effect, task-oriented caching in VEC is time-sensitive, requiring multiple-choice and multi-granularity. We need to address the issues on different computing and storage capabilities between vehicles and edge server with their diverse applications. Therefore, caching enabled task offloading in VEC aims for exploitation and enhancement of the functions in edge computing. To investigate in depth the benefits of caching enabled task offloading in VEC, we first provide an architectural overview on caching enabled vehicular edge computing (CVEC). Then, we strive to address the most concerned issues, that is, where, what, how and when to cache the tasks in CVEC. Specifically, three caching strategies are introduced to address what to cache in CVEC. In addition, caching strategies are evaluated with respect to response latency and energy consumption at edge servers. Simulation results reveal that caching enabled task offloading in CVEC can remarkably improve the performance of VEC. We also take a look at the opportunities and discuss the challenges in CVEC to shed light on future research directions on CVEC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-62
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Aug 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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