Hardware-accelerated firewall for 5G mobile networks

Ruben Ricart-Sanchez, Pedro Malagon, Jose M. Alcaraz-Calero, Qi Wang

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The evolution from the current Fourth-Generation (4G) networks to the emerging Fifth-Generation (5G) technolo-gies implies significant changes in the architecture and poses demanding requirements on network infrastructures. One of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in 5G is to ensure a secure network with zero downtime. In this paper, we focus on the provisioning of protection capabilities for 5G infrastructures. Our objective is to implement a new 5G firewall that allows the detection, differentiation and selective blocking of 5G network traffic in the edge-to-core network segment of a 5G infrastruc-ture, using a hardware-accelerated framework based on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), developed using the P4 language. The proposed 5G firewall has been prototyped with the new capabilities proposed empirically validated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 26th International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781538660430
ISBN (Print)9781538660447
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2018
Event26th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Sep 201827 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1092-1648


Conference26th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols
Abbreviated titleIEEE ICNP 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • P4-NetFPGA
  • FPGA
  • 5G mobile networks
  • Network protection
  • Firewall


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