A Distributed Game Theoretic Approach for Blockchain-based Offloading Strategy

Liu, W., Cao, B., Zhang, L. , Peng, M. and Daneshmand, M. (2020) A Distributed Game Theoretic Approach for Blockchain-based Offloading Strategy. In: 54th IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Dublin, Ireland, 7-11 June 2020, ISBN 9781728150901 (doi: 10.1109/ICC40277.2020.9149311)

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Keeping patients’ sensitive information secured and untampered in the e-Health system is of paramount importance. Emerging as a promising technology to build a secure and reliable distributed ledger, blockchain can protect data from being falsified, which has attracted much attention from both academia and industry. However, with limited computational resources, medical IoT devices do not have efficient ability to fulfill the functionalities as a full node in wireless blockchain network (WBN). Facing this dilemma, Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) brings us dawn and hope through offloading the high resource demanding blockchain functionalities at the IoT devices to the MEC. However, aiming to maximize the mining profit, most of existing offloading strategies have ignored the other needs of wireless devices, e.g., faster transaction writing. In this paper, according to different needs, blockchain nodes are firstly divided into two categories. One is blockchain users whose needs are faster transaction uploading, the other is blockchain miners whose goals are maximum revenue. Then, to maximize both the utilities of blockchain users and blockchain miners, a Stackelberg game is introduced to formulate the interaction between them. From the simulation results, this game is proved to converge to a unique optimal equilibrium.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zhang, Professor Lei
Authors: Liu, W., Cao, B., Zhang, L., Peng, M., and Daneshmand, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 IEEE
First Published:First published in Proceedings of ICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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