Towards stateless core networks: Measuring state access patterns

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Future mobile communication networks, such as 5G and beyond, can benefit from Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) when deployed on cloud infrastructures to achieve elasticity and scalability. However, new challenges arise as to managing states of Network Functions (NFs). Especially control plane VNFs, which are mainly found in cellular core networks like the 5G Core (5GC), received little attention since the shift towards virtualizing NFs. Most existing solutions for these core networks are often complex, intrusive, and are seldom compliant with the standard. With the emergence of 5G campus networks, UEs will be mainly machine-type devices. These devices communicate more deterministically, bringing new opportunities for elaborated state management.
This work presents an emulation environment to perform rigorous measurements on state access patterns. The emulation comes with a fully parameterized Markov model for the UE to examine a wide variety of different devices. These measurements can then be used as a solid base for designing an efficient, simple, and standard conform state management solution that brings us further towards stateless core networks.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the KuVS Fachgespräch – Würzburg Workshop on Next-Generation Communication Networks (WueWoWas)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2022

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ORCID /0000-0003-1066-361X/work/142248190
ORCID /0000-0001-7008-1537/work/142248617