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Prototyping an eBPF-based 5G Mobile Gateway

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Prototyping an eBPF-based 5G Mobile Gateway.

Rel. Fulvio Giovanni Ottavio Risso. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Informatica (Computer Engineering), 2020

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In the upcoming 5G network infrastructure the virtualization of network function is a key component to meet the flexibility and scalability requirements imposed by the wide range of supported applications. The Mobile Gateway is the component of the 5G core network responsible of interconnectin the mobile user equipment located in the Radio Access Network to one or more Packet Data Networks (e.g. the Internet). This work studies advantages and challenges of using eBPF (Extended Berkeley Packet Filter), a novel technolgy that allows fast packet processing in the Linux kernel, to implement such a network function. A modular prototype, providing a subset of the functionalities of the Gateway, is proposed, and its performance are compared to equivalenet network functions based on alternative data plane technologies. Results show that eBPF, thanks to its flexibility and intergration with the Linux kernel, can be an interesting solution in certain scenarios, like general purpose data centers.

Relators: Fulvio Giovanni Ottavio Risso
Academic year: 2019/20
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 73
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Informatica (Computer Engineering)
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-32 - COMPUTER SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/15302
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