The Network Edge

Simple definition of the Network Edge
  • The network edge is the physical point at which the enterprise-owned network connects to a third-party network. Thus, you'll often hear network administrators talk about their WAN edge, internet edge or public infrastructure edge.
  • The goal of network edge computing is to physically move computation away from data centers towards the edge of the network, therefore reducing the strain on data centers, which are inundated with IoT device data and therefore cannot always deliver acceptable response times.
Images describing the Network Edge

How is the Network Edge related?
  • I was diving deeper into Solana and found it uses a protocol called the Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream functions by pushing transaction caching and forwarding to the edge of the network.
    • More on Solana’s Gulf Steam here