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Mobile Edge Computing

Mobile Edge Computing by Dr. Torsten Musiol, CEO MECSware GmbH

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Mobile Edge Computing

  1. 1. © MECSware GmbH 2017 Mobile Edge Computing Torsten Musiol
  2. 2. 2 © MECSware GmbH 2017 • Wikipedia: “Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is a network architecture concept that enables cloud computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the cellular network.” • MEC - Mobile Edge Computing - Mobile Edge Cloud - Multi-Access Edge Computing What is Mobile Edge Computing? Many standardization bodies, consortia, fora, etc. have their own view…
  3. 3. 3 © MECSware GmbH 2017 Classical mobile network architecture Centralized datacenters for Core Network and (Cloud) Application Servers Application ServersRadio Access Network (Base Stations) Core NetworkUser Equipment Mobile Edge
  4. 4. 4 © MECSware GmbH 2017 Long data path – non-deterministic QoS Acceptable for many cloud-based IoT applications Application ServersRadio Access Network (Base Stations) Core NetworkUser Equipment
  5. 5. 5 © MECSware GmbH 2017 Requirements • Campus area coverage • Deterministic QoS • High-availability • Strong security • Seamless mobility Industry 4.0 goes wireless Multiple radio technologies are competing Most demanding use cases require licensed spectrum. Many use cases can be implemented with LTE – some require 5G.
  6. 6. 6 © MECSware GmbH 2017 Industrial M2M applications Relocating the Base Station doesn’t solve the problem Radio Access Network (Base Stations) Core Network The data path needs to be shortened and controlled! Industrial Campus Controller Machine
  7. 7. 7 © MECSware GmbH 2017 The hybrid approach – controlled by the operator Local User-plane, centralized Control-plane Radio Access Network (Base Stations) Core Network Control Multiple variants • “S1 bump-in-the-wire” • Distributed S/P-GW • Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) • Network Slicing (5G) Controller Machine Industrial Campus
  8. 8. 8 © MECSware GmbH 2017 The private LTE approach – controlled by the enterprise Local User-plane and Control-plane Control MECS Small Cells Controller Machine Industrial Campus Platform App Computing AppApp App Storage Networking
  9. 9. 9 © MECSware GmbH 2017 App Computing AppApp App Storage Networking App Central cloud vs. edge cloud Holistic approach required App Computing AppApp App Storage Networking • Common programming model • Security, privacy
  10. 10. 10 © MECSware GmbH 2017 ??Not desiredPrivate LTE Role allocation Different operability and business models Public LTE Network element management Service management Subscriber management User device management Enterprise Operator Radio resource management WLAN
  11. 11. 11 © MECSware GmbH 2017 Private LTE The complexity challenge Make LTE as easy as WLAN Network element management Service management Subscriber management User device management Enterprise Operator Radio resource management WLAN Plan Build Run
  12. 12. 12 © MECSware GmbH 2017 Vodafone 5G Mobility Lab – opened on 30.08.2017 Mobile Edge Cloud Server (MECS) + 4 LTE Small Cells MECS Source: Google
  13. 13. 13 © MECSware GmbH 2017 1) Smart Intersection 2) See-through truck 3) Geo-messaging 4) Security information Vodafone 5G Mobility Lab Live demos Source: Vodafone
  14. 14. 14 © MECSware GmbH 2017 • Public safety • Automotive • Mining • Construction • … Other use cases
  15. 15. © MECSware GmbH 2017 LTE goes local! Picture Credits: Pixabay

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