PANTHEON.tech, the Silver sponsor of the Open Networking Summit Europe, will demonstrate how easy it is to build your very own SDN controller using lighty.io. We will show you some cool features of lighty’s components. Come and see the live demo at the #ONS2018 on 27th of September in conference room G110 from 10:30 am until 11:30 am.
PANTHEON.tech, the proven supporter of open-source software and its communities, and leader in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and the OpenDaylight (ODL) platform, decided to open-source the core components of the current go-to SDN controller development kit: lighty.io.
Today, PANTHEON.tech continues to push forward the open-source community projects and its commercial applications developed on open-source software, especially the lighty.io core.
What is lighty.io?
lighty.io journey started when we realized the way to move the upstream project to the direction we envisioned was to provide a solution rather than talk about it. Therefore we’ve focused on a solution of the biggest pain point of current ODL, and turned it into the idea-bearer of the whole product. We’ve taken the biggest obstacle – Apache Karaf, out of the ODL developers lives, and hence improving their efficiency tremendously.
On the other hand the lighty.io commercial product is available for purchase is developed using the same lighty.io core which gets open-sourced today. We are tirelessly adding new features with the demand and cooperation with our customers. Such as the lighty.io Network Topology Visualisation Component, Go/Java/Python RESTCONF clients, improved RESTCONF notifications with HTTP 2.0 support, improved southbound NETCONF plugin with the implemented support of YANG actions, NETCONF simulator to name a few.
Our vision from the start was to enhance the commercial version of lighty.io with bleeding edge features and improvements that are not yet in open-source ODL. This will leverage lighty.io users capability to speed up their development and deployment. Today lighty.io users will get the chance to experience these changes, instead of waiting until such improvements appear in the upstream or developing themselves.
Future of SDN
We believe this generous act will result in spinning up new projects based on OpenDaylight components making them faster and cheaper to develop and will give you a competitive edge in today’s fast evolving world of micro service and cloud-oriented deployments.
We encourage all OpenDaylight users, Data Center managers, Telco and Service Provider DevOps to give lighty.io a try with their existing applications. It will be amaze you.
There is more to come, as we will reveal how lighty.io cuts down the software development costs and time, helping our customers to consume complex data center management features with ease.
Stay tuned and watch this space for the other great announcements around lighy.io which will take space in the event. Be there to witness the amazing.
Martin Varga represents PANTHEON.tech as the Technical Business Development Manager and is responsible for the growth of the company’s business portfolio and goal to establish new partnerships. Martin has over two decades of professional experience in marketing, sales management, and international business development fields.
He has acquired many titles in his long career, ranging from Artist Manager to COO. He is an excellent negotiator and “peoples person” who strives to live by honest values in life.
Recently, Martin had started to be very interested in the Hi tech business, especially in the networking field, which is on the rise nowadays and will be for the next decades. He quickly got absorbed in the networking field and discovered his new passion. Hence he accepted the challenge and is using all his previously acquired experience to expand the business development for PANTHEON.tech.
Connect with Martin via his LinkedIn.
Martin will be available to establish new business relationships with international partners and to discover new market share. He will be representing PANTHEON.tech the silver sponsor of Open Networking Summit Europe which will take place on Sep 25-27 in Amsterdam.
Join Martin at PANTHEON.tech’s booth #14 in the event possibly to shake hands into a partnership which will last.
In April 2018, the xRAN forum released the Open Fronthaul Interface Specification. The first specification made publicly available from xRAN since its launch in October 2016. The released specification has allowed a wide range of vendors to develop innovative, best-of-breed remote radio unit/head (RRU/RRH) for a wide range of deployment scenarios, which can be easily integrated with virtualized infrastructure & management systems using standardized data models.
This is where PANTHEON.tech came to the scene. We became one of the first companies to introduce full stack 5G compliant solution with this specification.
Just a few days spent coding and utilizing the readily available lighty.io components, we created a Radio Unit (RU) simulator and an SDN controller to manage a group of Radio Units.
Now, let us inspect the architecture and elaborate on some important details.
We have used lighty.io, specifically the generic NETCONF simulator, to set up an xRAN Radio Unit (RU) simulator. xRAN specifies YANG models for 5G Radio Units. lighty.io NETCONF device library is used as a base which made it easy to add custom behavior and 5G RU is ready to stream data to a 5G controller.
The code in the controller pushes the data collected from RUs into Elasticsearch for further analysis. RU device emits the notifications of simulated Antenna Line Devices connected to RU containing:
- Measured Rx and Tx input power in mW
- Tx Bias Current in mA (Internally measured)
- Transceiver supply voltage in mV (Internally measured)
- Optional laser temperature in degrees Celsius. (Internally measured)
*We used device xRAN-performance-management model for this purpose.
lighty.io as a 5G controller
With lighty.io we created an OpenDaylight based SDN controller that can connect to RU simulators using NETCONF. Once RU device is connected, telemetry data is pushed via NETCONF notifications to the controller, and then directly into Elasticsearch.
Usually, log stash is required to upload data into Elasticsearch. In this case, it is the 5G controller that is pushing device data directly to Elasticsearch using time series indexing.
On Radio Unit device connect event, monitoring process automatically starts. RPC-ald-communication is called on RU device collecting statistics for:
- The Number of frames with incorrect CRC (FCS) received from ALD – running counter
- The Number of frames without stop flag received from ALD – running counter
- The number of octets received from HDLC bus – running counter
*We used xran-ald.yang model for this purpose.
The lighty.io 5G controller is also listening to notifications from the RU device mentioned above.
Elasticsearch and Kibana
Data collected by the lighty.io 5G controller via RPC calls and notifications are pushed directly into Elasticsearch indices. Once indexed, Elasticsearch provides a wide variety of queries upon stored data.
Typically, we can display several faulty frames received from “Antenna Line Devices” over time, or analyze operational parameters of Radio Unit devices like receiving and transmitting input power.
Such data are precious for Radio Unit setup, so the control plane feedback loop is possible.
By adding Elasticsearch into the loop, data analytics or the feedback loop became ready to perform complex tasks. Such as: Faulty frame statistics from the “Antenna Line Devices” or the Radio Unit operational setup
How do we see the future of xRAN with lighty.io?
The benefit of this solution is a full stack xRAN test. YANG models and its specifications are obviously not enough considering the size of the project. With lighty.io 5G xRAN, we invite the Radio Unit device vendors and 5G network providers to cooperate and build upon this solution. Having the Radio Unit simulators available and ready allows for quick development cycle without being blocked by the RU vendor’s bugs.
lighty.io has been used as a 5G rapid application development platform which enables quick xRAN Radio Unit monitoring system setup.
We can easily obtain xRAN Radio Unit certification against ‘lighty.io 5G controller’ and provide RU simulations for the management plane.
Miroslav Mikluš is the vice president of engineering department at PANTHEON.tech.
Since he has had graduated from Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Miroslav had almost two decades of Information Technologies experience mainly in the Slovak Republic tech companies with titles as Director of Engineering, Head of Information Technology Services division, Senior Technical Leader, etc.
He started his career as a software developer and had climbed many steps of the tech industry to reach where he is now.
Miroslav has helped to develop and deliver dozens of successful software developments and integration projects mostly for the computer networking industry.
He loves to play basketball and running.
You might remember him from the last Open Networking Summit North America with his presentation named ‘Ligato as a Golang integration platform of a BGP daemon with VPP.”
Miroslav will be representing PANTHEON.tech the silver sponsor of Open Networking Summit Europe which is going to take place on Sep 25-27 in Amsterdam. Be sure to be there to meet with him in person in PANTHEON.tech’s booth #14 or the on 5k Fun Run on September 26.