In the context of the NFV Plugtests Programme, ETSI's Centre for Testing and Interoperability organized the NFV&MEC Plugtests™ 2020 event from 15 to 19 June 2020. The event was held remotely.

Overview

The NFV&MEC Plugtests 2020 offered NFV and MEC solution providers and open source projects an opportunity to meet and assess the level of interoperability of their NFV and Edge solutions, while they validated their implementation of NFV and MEC specifications and APIs.

The event included a wide range of Test Sessions covering:

  • NFV Interoperability and API Conformance
  • MEC and MEC-in-NFV Interoperability and API Conformance

Participation was open to organisations working on the following NFV and/or MEC solutions:

  • Virtual, Physical and Containerized Network Functions and Element Managers
  • Management and Orchestration solutions: NFVO, VNFM
  • Network Function Virtualisation Infrastructure and Virtual Infrastructure Managers
  • Hardware solutions
  • MEC Platforms, Platform Managers and Orchestrators (MEO, MEA, MEPM, MEPM-V)
  • MEC Applications
  • Operations and Business Support Systems: OSS, BSS
  • Test Tools and simulators implementing NFV and/or MEC APIs.

Organisations interested in actively participating or providing support to the Test Sessions were invited to join the ETSI NFV Plugtests Programme by registering to the NFV&MEC Plugtests 2020. Operators, Research and Academia were also invited to participate or join as observers and contribute to the Test Plans.

The NFV Plugtests Programme was powered by the Hub for Interoperability and Validation at ETSI (HIVE) which interconnects participants’ labs and local test infrastructure at ETSI.

The Programme enjoys a diverse community of over 65 organisations active in the NFV and MEC ecosystems, including vendors, operators, academia and supporting open source communities such as ETSI OSM, OPNFV, OpenStack, StarlingX, Open Air Interface Software Alliance, ONAP, OpenDayLight, and Fog05.

The NFV Plugtests Programme activities offered a unique opportunity to exchange, collaborate and make significant progress in NFV and MEC implementations and standards.

ETSI Plugtests are supported by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association.

Follow the NFV&MEC Plugtests on Twitter with #NFVplugtests, #MECplugtests.

The NFV&MEC Plugtests 2020 included different types of Test Sessions covering:

  • NFV Interoperability and API Conformance
  • MEC and MEC-in-NFV Interoperability and API Conformance

The Test Plans were based on NFV-TST007, NFV-TST010, NFV-SOL016, MEC017, MEC-DEC025 and MEC-DEC032. The details and concrete scope was discussed and agreed with participants, ISGs NFV and MEC and participating open source communities.

NFV Interoperability sessions focused on manual and automated testing of aspects such as:

  • Onboarding, instantiation, termination
  • Life cycle management, network service updates, scaling
  • Fault and Performance Management, VNF monitoring and closed-loop operations

The MEC Interoperability session focused on testing MEC functionalities, possibly in NFV deployments, such as:

  • Onboarding and instantiation of MEC Applications via the MEC application lifecycle API, MEC Application Support API and MEC Service Management API, MEC UE application interface;
  • Local traffic steering capabilities;
  •  MEC Services availability and consumption based on MEC APIs, with a focus on:
    •  MEC Radio Network Information API
    • MEC Location API

The API Conformance tracks allowed participants to validate their NFV and MEC APIs implementations.

An experimental track focused on assessing the interoperability of containerized and hybrid solutions.

Participation to NFV&MEC Plugtests required joining the ETSI NFV Plugtests Programme and the signature of its non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

  • Event registration was mandatory for online representatives and would only be confirmed once the NDA signed.

The remote event from 15 to 19 June, was preceded by a remote integration and pre-testing phase. Access to the remote test infrastructure was only provided once the NDA signed. Participation to the regular preparatory conf-calls and pre-testing sessions was mandatory.

Participation to ETSI NFV&MEC Plugtests activities was free of charge.

Registration opened on 12th of December 2019.

Registration deadline was 15th of April 2020.

This activity was supported by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association.

Follow the NFV&MEC Plugtests on Twitter with #NFVplugtests and #MECplugtests.

NFV&MEC PLUGTESTS 2020

Monday 10 and 24 of February from 3-4 PM

Monday 10th of February: Kick-off call
Monday 24th of February: Deep dive on MEC

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