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Towards Serverless NFV for 5G Media Applications

Breitgand, D; Weit, A; Rizou, S; Griffin, D; Acar, U; Carrozzo, G; Zioulis, N; ... Iadanza, F; + view all (2018) Towards Serverless NFV for 5G Media Applications. In: Breitgand, David, (ed.) Proceedings of the 11th ACM International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR),. (pp. p. 118). ACM (Association for Computing Machinery): New York, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

The advent of virtualization and IaaS have revolutionized the telecom industry via SDN/NFV. A new wave of cloud-native PaaS promises to further improve SDN/NFV performance, portability, and cost-efficiency. In this poster, we highlight a work in progress being done in the 5G-MEDIA project [2], which pioneers the application of the serverless paradigm to NFV in the context of media intensive applications in 5G networks. Motivational use cases include tele-immersive gaming, mobile journalism and UHD content distribution. For example, consider a next-gen e-sport, in which bouts between gamers last only a few minutes. FaaS offers a clear cost-efficiency benefit for hosting such applications. An architecture is shown in Fig. 1. It includes i) an Application/Service Development Kit (SDK) to enable access to media applications development tools; ii) a Service Virtualization Platform (SVP) to run the ETSI MANO framework, the Media Service MAPE optimization component and the VIM and WIM plugins to enable NFVIs integration; iii) different NFVIs to execute media-specific VNFs. FaaS VIM is implemented for integration of FaaS with the rest of the MANO stack. It allows mixing FaaS and "regular" VNFs within the same media forwarding graph. For reference implementation, Apache OpenWhisk [1] and Kubernetes are used. The main challenge is extending the programming model to support groups of actions communicating over a network, while retaining the simplicity of FaaS.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Towards Serverless NFV for 5G Media Applications
Event: 11th ACM International Systems and Storage Conference (SYSTOR), 4-7 June 2018, Haifa, Israel
ISBN-13: 978-1-4503-5849-1
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3211890.3211916
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3211890.3211916
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075623
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