5G MEC Reference Architecture White Paper

SK Telecom (SKT)* and Intel collaborated on testing of the next generation of the SKT 5G MEC reference architecture. This platform is designed to be highly scalable, flexible, reliable, and to meet service level agreements (SLAs). Based on network function virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) for flexibility, this white paper details testing of the SKT 5G MEC software running on Intel® architecture server boards, and it includes benchmarking data and instructions on how to replicate the tests. The tests show performance impact on the SKT 5G MEC from applying Intel® Speed Select Technology – Base Frequency (Intel® SST-BF), a feature that is available on select models of 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, and Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory. Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory is a new technology designed to fill the capacity, cost, and performance gaps between traditional dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and Intel® Solid State Drive.