Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2022.


Computer Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Behnam Dezfouli


A WiFi Access Point (AP) is an important technology that switches data packets to transmit and receive wireless signals to create WiFi. These Access Points (AP) can have powerful processors, but they are idle most of the time [1]. Instead, these idle processing resources could be redirected to run containers for low-latency applications. However, it is essential to ensure that the AP does not suffer performance issues as a result of running containers. The main function of APs is to switch packets, and this function must be preserved while containers are running. In this thesis, we propose a method, NetCon, to measure packet switching delay and allow containers to run on APs only when there are available resources and low traffic. This would allow APs to be leveraged as edge devices for low-latency applications while also maintaining their primary function as packet switching devices by ensuring that packet switching delay is not adversely impacted by running containers.

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