SESAME 5G-PPP H2020 research project for Cloud Enabled Small Cells
Small cEllS coordinAtion for Multi-tenancy and Edge services (SESAME)
SESAME 5G-PPP H2020 research project proposes the innovative concept of Cloud-Enabled Small Cell (CESC), a new multi-tenant 5G Small Cell that integrates a Linux/KVM based light datacenter (Light-DC), capable of running Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). The Light-DC hardware platform is designed upon ARMv8 processors and FPGA/ASICS hardware accelerators to execute an OpenStack edge computing infrastructure which provides high performance with optimized power consumption, system space and costs.
Virtual Open Systems contribution to SESAME project includes the design and development of computing and networking acceleration for the Light-DC, by using innovative hardware and software custom components such as GPUs, FPGAs, DSPs, zero copy shared memory, API remoting, virtual switch solutions, etc. The project is actively monitoring 5G Public-Private Partnership Association (5GPPP), Networking Function Virtualization (NFV), Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) initiatives, in order to provide a state of the art open solution compliant with industry standards.
Last but not least, SESAME targets innovation around three central elements:
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) through the execution of VNFs in an accelerated ARMv8 Light-DC.
Consolidation of multi-tenancy by allowing several operators and service providers to share networking access and edge computing processing power.
Evolution of the Small Cell concept already mainstream in 4G but expected to deliver its full potential in the challenging high dense 5G scenarios.