4th International ICST Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities

Research Article

A 3GPP System Architecture Evolution Virtualized Experimentation Infrastructure for Mobility Prototyping

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/tridentcom.2008.3158,
        author={Miguel G\^{o}mez Rodr\^{\i}guez and Ferm\^{\i}n Gal\^{a}n M\^{a}rquez and Emilio J. Torres Mateos},
        title={A 3GPP System Architecture Evolution Virtualized Experimentation Infrastructure for Mobility Prototyping},
        proceedings={4th International ICST Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks \& Communities},
        publisher={ICST},
        proceedings_a={TRIDENTCOM},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={Testbeds Virtualization 3GPP System Architecture Evolution IMS.},
        doi={10.4108/tridentcom.2008.3158}
    }
    
  • Miguel Gómez Rodríguez
    Fermín Galán Márquez
    Emilio J. Torres Mateos
    Year: 2010
    A 3GPP System Architecture Evolution Virtualized Experimentation Infrastructure for Mobility Prototyping
    TRIDENTCOM
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/tridentcom.2008.3158
Miguel Gómez Rodríguez1,*, Fermín Galán Márquez2,*, Emilio J. Torres Mateos3,*
  • 1: Telefónica I+D Emilio Vargas, 6 28043 Madrid (Spain) +34 91 337 41 40
  • 2: Telefónica I+D Emilio Vargas, 6 28043 Madrid (Spain) +34 91 337 45 59
  • 3: Telefónica I+D Emilio Vargas, 6 28043 Madrid (Spain) +34 91 337 40 85
*Contact email: miguelg@tid.es, fermin@tid.es, ejtm@tid.es

Abstract

The 3GPP System Architecture Evolution (SAE) is a very attractive environment from the service provisioning perspective, thanks to the variety of access technologies and mobility features introduced. In such a diverse environment, experimentation infrastructures (i.e., testbeds) become a key instrument for telecom operators, since mobility solutions and service behavior in their presence need to be validated under the different possible configurations from early development stages. However, the complexity of 3GPP SAE scenarios hinders conventional testbeds from adhering to cost-effectiveness and business-oriented criteria, due to the high infrastructure and operational costs involved. In order to overcome these limitations, this paper proposes an experimentation infrastructure that, based on combining virtualization techniques with several of the available open source IMS and mobility toolkits, allows the easy creation and deployment of complex 3GPP SAE network emulation scenarios while minimizing the associated expenditures.