Mist computing takes Fog Computing concepts further by pushing some of the computation to the very edge of the network, to the sensor and actuator devices that make up the network. With Mist computing the computation is performed at the edge of the network in the microcontrollers of the embedded nodes. The Mist computing paradigm decreases latency and increases the autonomy of a solution.
Fog and Mist (and Cloud) computing are complementary to each other – the application tasks, which are more computationally intensive can be executed in the gateway (the Fog) while the less computationally intensive tasks can be executed in the end devices (the Mist). The collected and processed data is still delivered to the Cloud, where it is made available to the user. An application in Mist computing is a collection of services, which can be distributed among the embedded computing nodes.
Mist computing decreases latency and increases the autonomy of a solution.