Data processing for apps, games, IoT technologies and sensors is increasingly taking place in digital clouds. This is how computing power is outsourced. However, the transmission to the cloud sometimes takes too long. With Edge Computing, data processing is brought closer to where it is needed. This can be important for intelligent traffic systems or virtual reality applications.
Even fiber optic cables have a limited speed. We hardly ever notice this delay in everyday life. But let's take the fusion of the real and digital worlds in augmented reality applications as an example. Here, digital elements and real information, for example when wearing AR glasses, must merge without delay. This means that even with fast head movements, the digital image must follow the real objects in real time. This requires virtually delay-free transmission.
For transmission in the millisecond range, the data center in which the data is processed and interpreted must theoretically not be more than 100 kilometers away. However, this is not the case at every point in Germany - so computer processing for certain applications must move closer to the devices.
Edge computing brings data processing, e.g. the graphic positioning of augmented reality content, to the edge of the network. This means that data no longer has to be sent through half the republic. Due to the shorter distances, the transmission is much faster.