Performance assessment of open software platforms for 5G prototyping

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dc.contributor.author Gringoli, Francesco
dc.contributor.author Patras, Paul Horatiu
dc.contributor.author Donato, Carlos
dc.contributor.author Serrano Yáñez-Mingot, Pablo
dc.contributor.author Grunenberger, Yan
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-26T12:58:58Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-26T12:58:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018-10
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation IEEE wireless communications, 25(5), pp. 10-15
dc.identifier.issn 1536-1284
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/28244
dc.description.abstract Given the urgency of standardizing the fifth generation (5G) mobile systems to meet the ever more stringent demands of new applications, the importance of field trials and experimentation cannot be overstated. Practical experimentation with cellular networks has been historically reserved exclusively to operators, primarily due to equipment costs and licensing constraints. The state of play is changing with the advent of open source cellular stacks based on increasingly more affordable software defined radio (SDR) systems. However, comprehensive understanding of the performance, limitations, and interoperability of these tools is lacking. In this article we fill this gap by assessing, by means of controlled experiments, the performance of today's most popular open software eNB solutions in combination with different commodity UE and an SDR alternative, over a range of practical settings. Although these cannot underpin complete 5G systems yet, their development is progressing rapidly, and researchers have employed them for 5G-specific applications including LTE unlicensed and network slicing. We further shed light on the perils of open tools and give configuration guidelines that can be used to deploy these solutions effectively. Our results quantify the throughput attainable with each stack, their resource consumption footprint, and their reliability and bootstrap times in view of automating experimentation. Lastly, we qualitatively evaluate the extensibility of the solutions considered.
dc.description.sponsorship The work of P. Serrano was partially supported by the European Commission in the framework of the H2020 5G-PPP 5G-MoNArch project (grant agreement no. 761445) and by the Madrid Regional Government through the TIGRE5-CM program (S2013/ICE-2919).
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher IEEE
dc.rights © 2018 IEEE.
dc.subject.other Open source software
dc.subject.other Throughput
dc.subject.other 5g mobile communication
dc.subject.other Long term evolution
dc.subject.other Universal serial bus
dc.subject.other Computer peripherals
dc.subject.other Performance evaluation
dc.title Performance assessment of open software platforms for 5G prototyping
dc.type article
dc.subject.eciencia Telecomunicaciones
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1109/MWC.2018.1800049
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/761445/5G-MoNArch
dc.relation.projectID Comunidad de Madrid. S2013/ICE-2919/TIGRE5
dc.type.version acceptedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 10
dc.identifier.publicationissue 5
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 15
dc.identifier.publicationtitle IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 25
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000022763
dc.contributor.funder Comunidad de Madrid
dc.contributor.funder European Commission
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