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5G Cloud Native Network

As global communications providers prepare to deliver high-speed connectivity to support new services and use cases, the need for low-latency, high-bandwidth, scalable networks is more important than ever. Conventional industry hardware won’t sustain next-generation mobile technology; the need for cloud native is essential for delivering the performance, capabilities, and automation 5G requires. Benefits include operational consistency, application resilience, simplified and responsive scaling at the microservice level, simplified integration with enterprise-facing cloud native applications, and improved portability between public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. 

To address these needs, Linux Foundation’s LF Networking community built a vibrant end-to-end 5G infrastructure Proof of Concept (PoC) by validating residential, enterprise, and mobile (LTE) use cases using open source and proprietary NFV/SDN technologies. In mid 2019, this working group set out to prove that an end-to-end 5G cloud native network could be built on open source cloud native infrastructure across multiple, interoperable vendors and globally dispersed labs. The strategy illustrates how to build, connect, and manage a global 5G network – including on-prem, cloud, and edge operations – on open architecture running cloud native network functions (CNFs) in Kubernetes clusters. 

80+ volunteers across 4 open source communities, 15 partner companies, and 2 end users collaborated to build a live prototype unveiled during a keynote demo at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2019. The 5G network was built across PoPs in San Diego and Montreal, and an LTE network was built in France. The demo culminated in an end-to-end video call initiated on a 5G handset and radio in a faraday cage on stage, then routed through the labs and over  public cloud. The Proof of Concept illustrates how the telecom industry can use cloud native architectures and open source to build out next gen networks and shows solution providers and developers what’s possible in this exciting new space.

Learn more about the POC here and get a list of demo assets.

Learn more and participate in the current version of the Demo: 5G Cloud Native Network + ONAP (Phase II)

VCO 3.0 Slides

Final Slides from Keynote


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Slack workspace

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Trello Board (Project Management)

Call Schedule 

Currently bi-weekly on Wednesdays, 8:00 - 9:00 AM PT.

San Diego Participants

We need to know who will be in attendance in person in San Diego for On-site POP configuration and testing, booth duty, and presence during the keynote. Please indicate on the VCO Demo Wiki page if you will be in attendance:

Name CompanyEmailPhoneArrival / Departure TimesOn Site Plans (Onsite Testing Team, Keynote Demo Attendance, Booth Staff)
Brandon WickLinux Foundationbwick@linuxfoundation.org1-917-282-0960Sunday, 1:00 PM – Friday, 2:30 PMTesting Team, Keynote Demo Attendance
Heather KirkseyLinux Foundationhkirksey@linuxfoundation.org1-512-917-7938
Keynote Demo Attendance
Sunday 9:00/Friday 9:00Keynote Demo, Booth Staff
Haresh KheskaniLoodseharesh@loodse.com1-408-607-3756Sunday 1:00 pm/Friday 11 amKeynote Demo Attendence, Booth Staff
Sunday 9:00/Friday 19:00Keynote Demo, Booth Staff
Sunday 9:00/Friday 11:00Keynote Demo, Booth Staff


Monday 9am-Thursday 5pm

Demo, Attendance, Booth, Meetings

Monday 9am-Thursday 5pmDemo, Attendance, Booth Staff
Tuesday 9am- Thursday 5pmAttendance
Monday 9am-Thursday 5pmDemo, Attendance, Booth Staff
Monday 9am-Thursday 5pmDemo, Attendance, Booth Staff
Per AnderssonKaloomper@kaloom.com1-514-806-3885Sunday-1300-Friday 0700Demo, Attendance, meetings
Adrian 514 591-0905SundayDemo, Attendance, meetings
Jim CapobiancoA10 4pm - Thursday 5pmDemo, A10 Booth
Konstantin DunaevA10 - ThursdayTesting if needed, Demo and A10 Booth
Tom NadeauRed
Monday-Wedskeynote, booth, rh booth
Dave CainRed
Sat - ThursSetup, testing, keynote, rh booth
Hanen GarciaRed
Azhar SayeedRed
Pasi VaananenRed
Sun@noon - Fri@eveningSetup, testing, booth / demo talks post keynote, meetings
Sunday - ThursdayTesting & Setup, Demo, Attendance, Meetings
Sunday - WednesdayRemote Support & Setup Team. Not attending
Sunday - WednesdayRemote Support & Setup Team. Not attending

Josh Hicks
Sunday - ThursdayTesting & Setup, Demo, Attendance, Meetings
Sunday - ThursdayDemo, Attendance, Meetings
Sandeep 514 992 2085Saturday - FridayDemo, Attendance, Meetings

Sam Diep - TuesTesting & Setup, Demo, Attendance
Raymond KnoppEURECOM/ Attendance, Meetings

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Europe Lab with OAI/Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France):

Eurecom 5G Experimental Site Slide Deck

Lab ElementsDetails
Lab OverviewIndoor/outdoor FR1 (below 6GHz) radio experimentation site. Available technologies, 4G LTE (Band 38), 5G NR (Band n78), 4G LTE-M (Bands 14 and 68). CumulusOS switching fabric. OpenShift VIM. Remote ONAP-based orchestration. Interconnection with 5GPPP ICT-17 5G-EVE.
Contact PersonRaymond Knopp, EURECOM
Remote Connectivityvia ssh on jump server for VCO3.0 partners. VPN access for ONAP orchestration and management of computing resources.

Onboarding Info

OtherSD-WAN Edge, Turnium

North American Lab with Kaloom (Montreal, Canada):

Lab ElementsDetails
Lab OverviewKaloom SDF Switching Fabric, Lenovo Servers
Contact PersonAdrian Stroila, Kaloom
Remote Connectivity


Onboarding Info

OtherSD-WAN Edge, Turnium

Wiring and Configuration, VM, Baremetal and Machines requirements spreadsheet, Lab information (Based on 2.0, needs to be updated)

Faraday Cage dismantling & packaging guide



Topology Information (Based on 2.0, may need to be updated)

Hardware and software components  (Based on 2.0, may need to be updated) See which HW was used in the VCO 2.0 Demo here.

If your organization is willing to volunteer the following components, please indicate that below. Please re-configure chart as necessary.





Europe or NorAM?


Jump ServerSupermicro serverEURECOMYesEuropeProvides SSH network to computing nodes and switching fabric.
Leaf Switches

Barefoot Tofino

KaloomYesNorAMCan provide hardware and software for the switch fabric
Spine SwitchesBarefoot TofinoKaloomYesNorAMCan provide hardware and software for the switch fabric
Switch SoftwareKaloom SDFKaloomYesNorAMCan provide hardware and software for the switch fabric
Leaf Switches
MellanoxYesEuropeOAI Lab
Spine Switches
MellanoxYesEuropeOAI Lab
Switch Software
CumulusYesEuropeOAI Lab

6 ;high-end Dell Servers (36 core Xeon Gold 6154)


Minimum Requirements: 12-18 Dual-socket, 12-core/socket servers with 256GB memory per compute node.

More compute nodes will be added at the end of 2019.

FirewallGi-FW, GTP-FW A10 NetworksYesNorAmContainer based GiLAN and Roaming Firewall Network Function
CGNATCarrier Grade NAT Network FunctionA10 NetworksYesNorAmContainer based Advance Carrier Grade NAT Networks Function 
Multi cluster orchestration for Kubernetes KubermaticLoodseYes
In the demo, we want to show how to install and operate a multi-site and multi-cluster Kubernetes platform from a central location. Each worker cluster manages local resources on a specific site while still being managed from a centralized single pane of glass. The idea is to show a blueprint for how providers could manage 100x or even 1000x Kubernetes clusters in a centralized fashion and have the ability to build their own Kubernetes-as-a-service platform offering.
Base Compute OSRed Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS, RHELRed HatYesEurope and NorAM

RHEL with RT



Red Hat


Europe and NorAMRed Hat OpenShift Container Platform for Container Management and Orchestration.
NG-Core5G coreAltranYesNorAM


Altran + OAIYesEurope and NorAM

 Service Assurance

NetScout???NorAM and Europe

Container implementation of Netscout exists today

Service AssuranceSA FrameworkRed HatYesNorAM and EuropePlanned
NSA Radio - LTE
NSA Radio - mmwave
Faraday Cage
Red HatYesNorAm/stage
Demo User Equipment, per location

5G Phone/UE(s): - n78 b38 for OAI site

-mmwave (band TBD) FWA site(s)

OAI, Red Hat (Samsung S105G, S9 + LG 5G), IntelYes

Europe (OAI 5G)

NorAm (mmwave)

Demo site


Prefer to use commercial vendor UEs, whenever possible to demo interoperability, like in VCO 2.0 demo - any phone should be Android based, e.g. potentially Galaxy S10 5G for (need to check the bands compatibility/availability).
Radio Equipment HW (Basestation / Network side) 4G/5G Radio units




1 16-antenna 4G/5G cell site (80 MHz in band n78, 20 MHz in band 38) ~ 500m coverage in one sector

Indoor RRU network in band 38 (20 MHz)

LTE/LTE-M/NB-IoT cells in bands 14 and 68 (10-15 km coverage in one sector)

IMS/VoLTEClearwaterMetaSwitch???NorAMTo be confirmed


  • k8s+Ansible  (Simple)
  • ONAP (Advanced)

Aarna Networks


Aarna can install ONAP and assist with ONAP related tasks to deploy and automate the network service

RU - DU - CU split vBBU SW (4G –> 5G NR)OAI 4G/5G RAN softwareEURECOM/OAIYesEurope & NorAMOAI code to be use in all locations where ever needed for DU and CU
Real-Time Object Recognition Software

Open Source software - e.g. YOLO is a potentially good candidate: – needs NVIDIA GPU enabled HW for RT recognition
Drone HW with 1080p camera

Cellular modem??
SD-WANSD-WAN Software & PlatformTurniumYesAllRHEL 8. Complete cloud-native containerized layer-3 solution

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