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UML-based Modeling and Analysis of 5G Service Orchestration


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Conference/Workshop Paper




The fifth generation of cellular wireless technology, 5G, bears the promise to transform the future network connectivity by providing seamless, low-latency and reliable interconnections between devices. In this paper, we focus on 5G service orchestration dealing with virtual network function placement, resource assignment and traffic routing, which are the building blocks of generating network slices catering to various application requirements. In order to ensure that a particular network slice works in conformance with the application's service level agreement, it is essential that the constituent virtual network functions are placed in proper hosts, allocated adequate resources in terms of processing power, memory, bandwidth, and routed such that the constraints of the hosts and the network are met. This is a complex problem to solve if one considers the diverse set of requirements of 5G services. We tackle this problem by providing a UML-based modeling and analysis framework, called textbf{UML5G}, which allows us to describe 5G network slices and service orchestration via a specialized profile that we propose, and analyze associated quality-of-service requirements by checking constraints expressed in Object Constraint Language. Our framework allows a designer to model any kind of service orchestration algorithm for 5G networks and verify if the network function placement, resource allocation and routing guarantee the application's quality-of-service requirements, at design time. We evaluate the framework on a prototype implementation of an orchestration algorithm that generates a multitude of allocation solutions that we automatically check against requirements formalized in Object Constraint Language. Our contribution facilitates modeling and design-time evaluation of network slicing and service orchestration schemes in 5G-based solutions.


author = {Ashalatha Kunnappilly and Peter Backeman and Cristina Seceleanu},
title = {UML-based Modeling and Analysis of 5G Service Orchestration},
month = {November},
year = {2020},
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