Link-level access cloud architecture design based on SDN for 5G networks

Pablo Ameigeiras, Juan J. Ramos-Munoz, Laurent Schumacher, Jonathan Prados-Garzon, Jorge Navarro-Ortiz, Juan M. Lopez-Soler

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The exponential growth of data traffic and connected devices, and the reduction of latency and costs, are considered major challenges for future mobile communication networks. The satisfaction of these challenges motivates revisiting the architecture of these networks. We propose an SDN-based design of a hierarchical architecture for the 5G packet core. In this article we focus on the design of its access cloud with the goal of providing low latency and scalable Ethernet-like support to terminals and MTC devices including mobility management. We examine and address its challenges in terms of network scalability and support for link-level mobility. We propose a link-level architecture that forwards frames from and to edge network elements (AP and routers) with a label that identifies the APs through which the terminal is reachable. An SDN local controller tracks and updates the users' location information at the edge network elements. Additionally, we propose to delegate in SDN local controllers the handling of non-scalable operations, such as broadcast and multicast messages, and network management procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7064899
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Network Magazine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015


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