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Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Volume 2018, Article ID 5786936, 18 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/5786936
Research Article

Orchestration Architecture for Automatic Deployment of 5G Services from Bare Metal in Mobile Edge Computing Infrastructure

1School of Engineering and Computing, University of Scotland, UK
2Departament d’Informàtica, Universitat de València, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Enrique Chirivella-Perez; ku.ca.swu@zerep-allevirihc.euqirne

Received 25 May 2018; Accepted 25 October 2018; Published 22 November 2018

Academic Editor: Rüdiger C. Pryss

Copyright © 2018 Enrique Chirivella-Perez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The progress in realizing the Fifth Generation (5G) mobile networks has been accelerated recently towards deploying 5G prototypes with increasing scale. One of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in 5G deployments is the service deployment time, which should be substantially reduced from the current 90 hours to the target 90 minutes on average as defined by the 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP). To achieve this challenging KPI, highly automated and coordinated operations are required for the 5G network management. This paper addresses this challenge by designing and prototyping a novel 5G service deployment orchestration architecture that is capable of automating and coordinating a series of complicated operations across physical infrastructure, virtual infrastructure, and service layers over a distributed mobile edge computing paradigm, in an integrated manner. Empirical results demonstrate the superior performance achieved, which meets the 5G-PPP KPI even in the most challenging scenario where 5G services are installed from bare metal.