|Authors||A. Kvalbein, D. Baltrūnas, K. Evensen, J. Xiang, A. Elmokashfi and S. Ferlin|
|Title||The Nornet Edge Platform for Mobile Broadband Measurements|
|Afilliation||, Communication Systems|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Keywords||Conference, Internal Seminar, University of Oslo, Workshop|
We present Nornet Edge (NNE), a dedicated infrastructure for measurements and experimentation in mobile broadband networks. NNE is unprecedented in size, consisting of more than 400 measurement nodes geographically distributed all over Norway. Each measurement node is a Linux-based embedded computer, and is connected to multiple mobile broadband providers. In addition, NNE includes an extensive backend system for deploying and managing experiments and collecting data. NNE makes it possible to run long-term measurement experiments to assess and compare quality and performance across different network operators on a national scale. Particular focus is put on allowing experiments to run in parallel on multiple network connections, and on collecting rich context information related to the experiments. In this paper we give a detailed presentation of NNE, and describe three different measurement experiments that illustrate how the infrastructure can be used. We also provide a roadmap for further development of NNE.