Edge computing was motivated by the vision of new edge-native applications that are compute-intensive, bandwidth-hungry, and latency-sensitive. We show how infrastructure deployed for such futuristic applications can also benefit virtual machine(VM)-encapsulated Windows or Linux closed-source legacy applications. We present a new capability for legacy applications called edge-based virtual desktop infrastructure(EdgeVDI), and discuss example use cases that it enables.

"Edge Computing for Legacy Applications"
Satyanarayanan, M., Eiszler,T., Harkes, J., Turki, H., Feng, Z.
IEEE Pervasive Computing, Volume 19, Issue 4, October-December 2020