Multihop Offloading of Multiple DAG Tasks in Collaborative Edge Computing

Yuvraj Sahni, Jiannong Cao, Lei Yang, Yusheng Ji

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Collaborative edge computing (CEC) is a recently popular paradigm enabling sharing of data and computation resources among different edge devices. Task offloading is an important problem to address in CEC as we need to decide when and where each task is executed. However, it is challenging to solve task offloading in CEC as tasks can be offloaded to a multihop neighboring device leading to bandwidth contention among network flows. Most existing works do not jointly consider network flow scheduling that can lead to network congestion and inefficient performance in terms of completion time. Another challenge is to formulate and solve the problem considering the dependencies among dependent tasks and conflicting network flows. Few recent works have considered multihop computation offloading; however, these works focus on independent tasks and do not jointly consider the dependencies with network flows. In this work, we mathematically formulate the problem of jointly offloading multiple tasks consisting of dependent subtasks and network flow scheduling in CEC to minimize the average completion time of tasks. We have proposed a joint dependent task offloading and flow scheduling heuristic (JDOFH) that considers both dependencies in task directed acyclic graph and start time of network flows. Performance comparison done using simulation for both real application task graph and simulated task graphs shows that JDOFH leads to up to 85% improvement in average completion time compared to benchmark solutions which do not make a joint decision.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9223724
Pages (from-to)4893-4905
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2021


  • Collaborative edge computing (CEC)
  • directed acyclic graph (DAG) tasks
  • Internet of Things
  • network flow scheduling
  • offloading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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