Design and implementation of a distributed mobility management entity on OpenStack

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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) consists of implementing network functions as software applications that can run on general-purpose servers. This paper discusses the application of NFV to the Mobility Management Entity (MME), a control plane entity in the Evolved Packet Core (EPC). With the convergence of cloud computing and mobile networks, conventional architectures of network elements need to be re-designed in order to fully harness benefits such as scalability and elasticity. To this end, we design and implement a distributed MME with the three-tier architecture common to web applications. We deploy the components of the distributed MME on two separate OpenStack clouds and evaluate the latency of the attach procedure. We find that the placement of the components within the data center significantly affects the attach latency.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, CloudCom 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 30 Nov 20153 Dec 2015
Conference number: 7


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science
Abbreviated titleCloudCom

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