Characterization and Identification of Cloudified Mobile Network Performance Bottlenecks

Georgios Patounas, Xenofon Foukas, Ahmed Elmokashfi, Mahesh K. Marina

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Abstract / Description of output

This study is a first attempt to experimentally explore the range of performance bottlenecks that 5G mobile networks can experience. To this end, we leverage a wide range of measurements obtained with a prototype testbed that captures the key aspects of a cloudified mobile network. We investigate the relevance of the metrics and a number of approaches to accurately and efficiently identify bottlenecks across the different locations of the network and layers of the system architecture. Our findings validate the complexity of this task in the multi-layered architecture and highlight the need for novel monitoring approaches that intelligently fuse metrics across network layers and functions. In particular, we find that distributed analytics performs reasonably well both in terms of bottleneck identification accuracy and incurred computational and communication overhead.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2567-2583
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management
Issue number4
Early online date21 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • 5G mobile communication
  • Network Function Virtualization
  • Monitoring
  • measurement techniques
  • Performance loss
  • Fault diagnosis
  • prototypes
  • Machine Learning


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