TRIANGLE Presentation at the Crowncom 2017 FIRE+ workshop

TRIANGLE presented the 5G testbed project at the Crowncom 2017 H2020 FIRE+ Workshop on Radio Access Experimentation. The presentation explained the objectives of the 5G testbed and what testers can do on the testbed. It included examples of the types of testing carried out by successful applicants to the project’s Open Calls to date

The presentation gathered interest on:

  • Radio Access Simulation Scenarios provided by the testbed
  • Application testing
  • Certification for 5G features
  • Our next round of Open Calls will be in Q1 2018.

    Crowncom

    Triangle welcomes new and existing experimenters

    The second round of Open Calls has recently closed in the TRIANGLE project and it was another highly competitive and top quality arena. Our largest set of applicants, for the Open Calls to date, yielded six new experimenters. These experiments are wide-ranging, covering areas such as SDN/NFV, MEC, video-streaming and MM2M using narrowband technologies.

    We are also delighted to report that as a result of the Open Call we have two exciting extensions to add additional features for our Testbed. These extensions will further improve the Testbed’s ability to support experiments that wish to use Mobile Edge Computing, SDN, and to perform QoE evaluation using video streaming. More on these exciting new additions in a future newsletter.

    An Experiment Spotlight on D-Cube (Triangle’s First User) shows how useful the TRIANGLE testbed is to experimenters.

    D-Cube are the first company to complete testing their Spacewars application using the Testbed. D-Cube have been evaluating the behaviour of their immersive video streaming solution under various different network scenarios and have found the Testbed to greatly help in identifying performance issues under different conditions, such as sub-optimal network conditions. D-Cube found the Triangle Testbed to be invaluable in diagnosing these issues and remarked that “…the knowledge acquired will greatly help in designing adaptation solutions (e.g. adaptive streaming, toggling VBR, offering spectating guidelines, etc.) for sub-optimal network conditions.”

    D-Cube are in fact planning on continuing to evaluate the impact of network slicing using the VPS capability of the Testbed.

    Spacewars Architecture

    Spacewars architecture

    Second TRIANGLE testbed release brings 5G closer for mobile testers

    The next release of the TRIANGLE testbed is about to be open to third parties for testing mobile applications and devices and is bringing exciting new features! We are delighted to announce the second release of the testbed coming onstream in October 2017.

    On the usability of the testbed, TRIANGLE has improved its user interface for testers, to ease and improve the execution of complex campaigns over a fully configurable mobile network. TRIANGLE has furthermore obtained KPIs from the measurement points of the testbed and defined a set of ETL (extract, transform and load) transformations to extract data from the device or application under test and convert it to a useful parameter for evaluation. These transformations provide advanced metrics to the tester and ultimately will evolve the testing to a TRIANGLE mark or certification in the third release.

    Additionally, more complex domains are now supported thanks to the addition of a robotic arm and GPS emulation. The robotic arm can be programmed to perform user defined movements, and the GPS feature hooks emulated satellite signals into the GPS antenna, enabling the emulation of a user-defined geographical route. With these two new features in the TRIANGLE testbed, we are now ready to hunt down Pókemon anywhere in the world!

    On the measurement side of the testbed, instrumentation of the different testbed elements has been improved. The instrumentation now supports the remote capture of packets in any testbed interface. This enables the extraction of advanced measurements such as estimation of the control plane latency. These measurements can be used to characterize the amount of time consumed by a UE when registering on the network, such as coming back from energy save mode, etc. Time synchronization is also a feature of this second testbed release where all the network elements will be synchronized using the IEEE-1588 precision time protocol.

    Finally, the network architecture of the testbed is also evolving with the inclusion of heterogeneous technologies such as controllable Wi-Fi access points to provide aggregation of LTE and Wi-Fi data.

    We are currently using a very mature prototype to explore mobile edge computing which is on the testbed roadmap, and which we have also targeted in the open calls of the TRIANGLE project.

    And stay tuned as there is still more functionality coming in the third release of the testbed, which will support TRIANGLE mark certification campaigns.

    DEKRA Robotic Arm

    TRIANGLE workshop in conjunction with IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference

    15-18 April 2018 // Barcelona, Spain
    5G End-to-End Performance Evaluation and Testing (5G-PET).

    The Triangle project has experienced firsthand the need for performance testing and verification of 5G networks and services. In order to foster lively discussion and promote the awareness of these (sometimes neglected) aspects of 5G, the Triangle project has organized a dedicated workshop in conjunction with the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC): 5G End-to-End Performance Evaluation and Testing (5G-PET).

    5G-PET primarily wishes to bring experts and customers together and stimulate the discussion of a number of topics, from mobile Application and Services evaluation, to End-to-End simulation and emulation, to 5G End-to-End trials and testbeds.

    For this reason, the Triangle project now invites YOU to submit a full conference paper to the workshop bringing new ideas on performance evaluation of 5G components, rather than just new testing methodologies. A Call for Papers is available here.

    Furthermore, we will have the TRIANGLE testbed set up at this workshop such that workshop attendees will be able to have hands-on experience with the Triangle testbed! Attendees will not only be able to create their own test cases by changing the network performance parameters, but also to bring their own mobile Applications and have these tested. You can come away from this workshop with the results of your Application’s performance in these tests.

    Please note that the Paper submission deadline is November 3rd 2017.

    5G-PET Call for Papers

    TRIANGLE testbed demonstrated at ICC in Paris

    TRIANGLE demonstrated the features and capabilities of the first release of the testbed at the International Conference on Communications (ICC) in Paris, France. The TRIANGLE demonstration was hosted at the Keysight Technologies booth and focused mostly on the testbed.

    Three main testbed features were in the spotlight and attracted a lot of attention:
    • The truly end-to-end testing capabilities given by the S1 interface and the commercial Evolved Packet Core
    • The ease and effectiveness of the testbed and tests orchestration, including mobile apps and measurement tools
    • The availability of synchronized measurements across the testbed

    TRIANGLE Booth at EuCNC 2017 in Oulu, Finland

    The TRIANGLE Project hosted a booth at the European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC) in Oulu, Finland respectively. At EuCNC we provided a sneak peek into the soon-to-be-released test and certification framework. This new line didn’t pass unnoticed, providing a base for exciting discussion with experts and potential participants to the ongoing Open Calls. The effective working of new 5G applications and services is paramount in a global competitive marketplace and the standardized TRIANGLE testing and certification scheme can help achieve this.

    TRIANGLE Booth at EuCNC 2017

    The unique testbed features shown were:
    • The truly end-to-end testing capabilities given by the S1 interface and the commercial Evolved Packet Core
    • The ease and effectiveness of the testbed and tests orchestration, including mobile apps and measurement tools
    • The availability of synchronized measurements across the testbed

    The TRIANGLE Certification Process

    TRIANGLE has now formalised its certification process, defining its requirements and how the process is used. This certification process has been documented (in a document called Deliverable D2.2) and describes how a 5G application developer, device maker or operator can go about acquiring the TRIANGLE mark certification.

    TRIANGLE firstly reviewed existing certification schemes in the mobile world, focusing on the specific stipulations and certification process of each scheme. Based on both this study and requirements specific to the TRIANGLE 5G testbed, the certification requirements and process were defined to explain to vendors how to obtain the TRIANGLE mark for their 5G products.

    TRIANGLE also includes the Test Specifications (description of the tests that will be run on the products) relevant to 5G systems and other certification information such as the product scoring process in the D2.2 document.

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