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Security-Aware Data Offloading and Resource Allocation For MEC Systems: A Deep Reinforcement Learning

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posted on 2021-01-26, 04:48 authored by Ibrahim ElgendyIbrahim Elgendy, Ammar MuthannaAmmar Muthanna, Mohammad Hammoudeh, Hadil Ahmed Shaiba, Devrim Unal, Mashael Khayyat
The Internet of Things (IoT) is permeating our daily lives where it can provide data collection tools and important measurement to inform our decisions. In addition, they are continually generating massive amounts of data and exchanging essential messages over networks for further analysis. The promise of low communication latency, security enhancement and the efficient utilization of bandwidth leads to the new shift change from Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) towards Mobile Edge Computing (MEC). In this study, we propose an advanced deep reinforcement resource allocation and securityaware data offloading model that considers the computation and radio resources of industrial IoT devices to guarantee that shared resources between multiple users are utilized in an efficient way. This model is formulated as an optimization problem with the goal of decreasing the consumption of energy and computation delay. This type of problem is NP-hard, due to the curseof-dimensionality challenge, thus, a deep learning optimization approach is presented to find an optimal solution. Additionally, an AES-based cryptographic approach is implemented as a security layer to satisfy data security requirements. Experimental evaluation results show that the proposed model can reduce offloading overhead by up to 13.2% and 64.7% in comparison with full offloading and local execution while scaling well for large-scale devices.


This research was funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University 10 through the Fast-track Research Funding Program.


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  • Russian Federation