Exposing radio network information in a MEC-in-NFV environment: the RNISaaS concept

Arora, Sagar; Frangoudis, Pantelis A; Ksentini, Adlen
NETSOFT 2019, IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization, 24-28 June, 2019, Paris, France

The Radio Network Information Service (RNIS) is one of the key services provided by a Multi-access Edge Computing Platform (MEP), as specified in the relevant ETSI MEC standards. It is responsible for interacting with the Radio Access Network (RAN), collecting RAN-level information about User Equipment (UE) and exposing it to mobile edge applications, which can in turn utilize it to dynamically adjust their behavior to optimally match the RAN conditions. Putting the provision of RNIS in the context of the emerging MEC-in-NFV environment, where the components and services of the MEC architecture, including the MEP itself, are integrated in an NFV environment and are delivered on top of a virtualized infrastructure, we present our standards-compliant RNIS implementation based on OpenAirInterface and study critical performance aspects for its provision as a virtual function. Since the RNIS design and operation follows the publish-subscribe model, we provide alternative implementations using different message brokering technologies (RabbitMQ and Apache Kafka), and compare their use and performance in an effort to evaluate their suitability for providing RNIS in an as-a-service manner.

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