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Glossary

Learn key terms and understand the technological keywords associated with Edge Computing.

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APIS

Application programming interface (API) is a set of subroutine definitions, communication protocols, and tools for building software. In general terms, it is a set of clearly defined methods of communication between various components.

Artificial Intelligence

The development of a computer system to perform tasks previously requiring human intelligence.

Cloud Computing

The method of utilising a network of remote servers hosted on the internet (online) to store process and manage data instead of a local server (onsite).

Edge Architecture

A distributed, open IT architecture that enables mobile computing and Internet of Things technology.

Edge Computing

Allows analytics and data gathering to occur at the source of the data by pushing computing applications, data and services away from centralized nodes to the edge of a network, closer to the end-users.

Edge Computing vs. Fog Computing

Edge and fog computing are known to be used as one or the other, but they are not the same because fog computing actually covers more than edge computing, extends the edge of the network to cover a larger area.

Edge Computing: 2018-2019 Industry Outlook Report

Explore the key findings and opportunities for enterprise edge computing today.

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High Bandwidth

The maximum rate of data transfer across a given path. Bandwidth may be characterized as network bandwidth, data bandwidth or digital bandwidth.

IoT

Short for Internet of Things, the interconnection of computing devices in everyday objects via the internet.

Low Latency

The amount of time a message takes to traverse a system. In a computer network, it is an expression of how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another. It is sometimes measured as the time required for a packet to be returned to its sender.

Machine Learning

A subset of artificial intelligence that uses statistical techniques to allow computers the ability to "learn" with data.

Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC)

A network architecture that allows real-time, high-bandwidth, low-latency access to radio networks, giving telecom operators the ability to open their networks to a new ecosystem. MEC permits multiple types of access at the edge, including wireline.

Open Source

A type of computer software whose source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.