The proposed project aims to research and development Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) and Service Function Chaining (SFC) technologies over a virtualised LTE mobile core network to enable service aware mobile core network.
MEC can offload and process data traffic at the network edge cloud, without any impact on the mobile core network architecture. MEC provides a cloud computing capability near the network edge with improved user experience as well as enhanced capabilities such as virtual reality, cache and video analytics. Service Function Chaining (SFC) enables application based traffic routing (instead of traditional address-based routing). With MEC and SFC working together, more variety of applications with greater flexibility and security can be offered.
The technologies developed in this project also enables applications (such as virtual tour, IoT) to be hosted in the mobile edge, which provides optimisation of traffic latency and ability to adjust the application behaviour at different radio conditions.