SELFNET 5G mobile edge computing infrastructure: design and prototyping

Enrique Chirivella-Perez, Ricardo Marco-Alaez, Alba Hita, Ana Serrano, Jose M. Alcaraz Calero*, Qi Wang, Pedro M. Neves, Giacomo Bernini, Konstantinos Koutsopoulos, Manuel Gil Pérez, Gregorio Martínez Pérez, Maria João Barros, Anastasius Gavras

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This paper presents the design and prototype implementation of the SELFNET fifth-generation (5G) mobile edge infrastructure. In line with the current and emerging 5G architectural principles, visions, and standards, the proposed infrastructure is established primarily based on a mobile edge computing paradigm. It leverages cloud computing, software-defined networking, and network function virtualization as core enabling technologies. Several technical solutions and options have been analyzed. As a result, a novel portable 5G infrastructure testbed has been prototyped to enable the preliminary testing of the integrated key technologies and to provide a realistic execution platform for further investigating and evaluating software-defined networking– and network function virtualization–based application scenarios in 5G networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-756
Number of pages16
JournalSoftware - Practice and Experience
Issue number5
Early online date10 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2020


  • 5G
  • deployment
  • infrastructure
  • mobile edge computing
  • network function virtualization
  • software-defined networks


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