Overview

With the release of the June 2018 3GPP specifications, carriers and NEMs are now able to develop standardized versions of the protocols and interfaces to define the native 5G core network. To help them navigate these difficult initial steps, Landslide 17.0 introduces the first set of ‘True 5G’ (5G Radio+5G Core) test cases. Landslide emulates millions of UEs and thousands of gNBs connecting via the N1, N2 and N3 interfaces, thus allowing users to design and validate the functionality, performance and dynamic scalability of this True 5G network. Additionally, Landslide 17.0 emulates key components of the 5G core network itself - the AMF, SMF and UPF. These new 5G node emulators can connect to real 5G RAN and help bridge the gap between 5G NSA concepts and True 5G. Finally, Landslide 17.0 expands the features supported in other key areas such as VoLTE/IMS, IPsec testing and real-world traffic emulation.

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New Features in 17.0

  • True 5G
    • Full 5G core (AMF, SMF, UPF) testing
    • 5G control plane only testing (AMF+SMF)
    • Full 5G core emulation (AMF, SMF, UPF)
    • 5G control plane emulation (AMF+SMF)
    • 5G data plane emulation (UPF)
  • 5G NSA Enhancements
    • 5G NSA to 3G mobility
    • 5G NSA to 5G NSA mobility
    • 5G NSA inter-working with CUPS
  • VoLTE/IMS
    • MC-PTT Phase-II
    • I/S-CSCF isolation testing
  • Real World Application Traffic
    • QUIC Protocol
    • IoT MQTT Protocol

17.0 Enhancements

Platform Enhancements

IPsec

Mobile network densification with Small Cells and Wi-Fi plus the increased adoption of VoLTE are driving the demand for IPsec connections. The 17.0 release introduces the new L-ACC-008 high performance IPsec hardware accelerator card. This card, which doubles the performance of its predecessor, delivers exceptional scale in the number of IPsec tunnels, activation rates and encrypted throughput.

Feature Enhancements

5G Evolution

At Spirent, we know delivering first to market technologies for 5G requires test tools that align with and even anticipate the release of new specifications. We are the partner of choice for Vendors and Carriers developing and testing the next generation of wireless technologies. All Landslide releases in the coming years will be rich with new 5G features so watch this space!

R17.0 is the first Landslide release with True 5G core test cases. Use cases include:

  • Testing a full 5G core (AMF, SMF, UPF) by emulating 5G UEs and gNBs
  • Testing the 5G control plane only (AMF + SMF)
  • Emulating the full 5G core (AMF, SMF, UPF)
  • Emulating the 5G control Plane (AMF+SMF)
  • Emulating the 5G data plane ((UPF)

Additionally, 17.0 enhances Landslide’s 5G NSA testing capabilities by adding new use cases including:

  • 5G NSA to 3G mobility
  • 5G NSA to 5G NSA mobility
  • 5G NSA inter-working with CUPS

Moreover, Landslide’s 5G NSA now supports Fireball high performance data for increased realism in 5G’s user plane.

VoLTE/IMS

Landslide continues its expansion in direct IMS/Voice over IP testing, while maintaining the unparalleled voice and video over LTE testing capabilities. In this respect, Landslide 17.0 introduces:

  • Phase-II of the MC-PTT testing and emulation feature set
  • Ability to completely isolate I/S-CSCF and its interfaces for function benchmarking

Real World Application Traffic

Frequently used application protocols such as Google’s QUIC and IoT MQTT are now supported by Landslide


Supported Platforms & Hardware

  • Landslide C100-M4
  • Landslide C100-M2
  • Landslide C100-S2
  • Landslide C50
  • Landslide E10
  • Landslide Virtual

See the release notes for further details

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