|Authors||M. Xie, W. Y. Poe, Y. Wang, A. J. González, A. Elmokashfi, J. A. P. Rodrigues and F. Michelinakis|
|Title||Towards Closed Loop 5G Service Assurance Architecture for Network Slices as a Service|
|Project(s)||5G-VINNI: 5G Verticals INNovation Infrastructure|
|Publication Type||Proceedings, refereed|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Conference Name||European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC)|
5G intends to use network slicing to support multiple vertical industries. The dynamic resource sharing and diverse customer requirements bring new challenges towards service assurance (SA), such as automation and customer-centric. As a response to these challenges, this paper proposes a hierarchical, modular, distributed, and scalable SA architecture. This paper highlights an important key feature SA coordination, which is facilitated by three new SA functions, SA interpretation, SA policy management, anddata fabric. Three closed-loops are introduced to coordinate and realize automation of service management. Challenges associated with realizing SA are briefly discussed and will be addressed by leveraging the 5G infrastructure developed within the H2020-ICT-17 project 5G-VINNI.