ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing group publishes white paper on role for 5G

Sophia Antipolis, 26 June 2018

Figure: Integrated ETSI MEC deployment in 5G networkThe ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing group (MEC ISG) has just published a white paper outlining the role of MEC in 5G.

MEC is a key enabling technology which enables the hosting of applications in the 5G access networks – a must have to support many applications and use cases. Edge computing is acknowledged as one of the key pillars for meeting the demanding Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of 5G, especially as far as low latency and bandwidth efficiency are concerned.

The white paper covers MEC for third-party cloud service providers, MEC for Serverless Computing and Cloud Integration for Massive IoT Devices, MEC for Enterprise Users and MEC for “Industrial IoT”. The emphasis of the white paper is on the opportunities for MEC to benefit from the edge computing enablers of the 5G system specification, and for 3GPP ecosystem to benefit from the MEC system and its APIs as a set of complementary capabilities to enable applications and services environments in the very edge of mobile networks.

ETSI ISG MEC is the home of technical standards for edge computing. One of the key value-adding features of the MEC specifications is this ability for applications to gain contextual information and real-time awareness of their local environment through the standardized APIs.
5G networks based on the 3GPP 5G specifications are a key future target environment for MEC deployments. The 5G system specification and its Service Based Architecture (SBA) leverage the service-based interactions between different network functions, aligning system operations with the network virtualization and Software Defined Networking paradigms. These very same characteristics are shared by ETSI MEC specifications.

1st ETSI MEC Hackathon

To facilitate MEC APIs implementation, ETSI organizes its first ETSI MEC Hackathon on 18 and 19 of September 2018, in Berlin, and co-located with Knect365’s event at the annual Edge Computing Congress on 18-20 September.

The hackathon will challenge developers to create in-vehicle infotainment applications featuring Virtual or Augmented Reality and to demonstrate how they can leverage Multi-Access Edge Computing and networking to improve performance and user experience.

Hosted by KNect365, the event is supported by key players in the MEC community. Companies and students are welcome to join and to bring their applications, to be enhanced on-site with MEC capabilities using the MEC APIs.

Register now.

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