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@title[#:tag "powder-tutorial" #:version apt-version]{@(tb) OAI Tutorial}
This tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a small LTE network on
@(tb) using OAI. Your copy of OAI will run on bare-metal machines
that are dedicated for your use for the duration of your experiment. You will
have complete administrative access to these machines, meaning that you have
full ability to customize and/or configure your installation of OAI.
OAI can simulate a UE and RAN, but in this tutorial, we will focus on using an
off the shelf Nexus 5 phone as a UE communicating with an eNodeB with a B210 USRP SDR as
the base station.
In the process of taking this tutorial, you will learn to:
@item{Log in to @(tb)}
@item{Create your own LTE network by using a pre-defined profile}
@item{Access resources in the network that you create}
@item{Create an end-to-end connection from the UE, through the RAN, across an EPC, and out to the commodity Internet.}
@item{Clean up your experiment when finished}
@item{Learn where to get more information}
This tutorial assumes that you have an existing account on @(tb) (Instructions for getting
an account can be found @seclink["register"]{here}.)
@section[#:tag "powder-login-body"]{Logging In}
The first step is to log in to @(tb); @(tb) is available to
researchers and educators who work in radio networking and have accepted the @(tb) AUP.
If you have
an account at one of its federated facilities, like
@link[""]{Emulab} or
@link[""]{CloudLab}, then you already have an account at
@section[#:tag "powder-tutorial-body"]{Building Your Own OAI Network}
Once you have logged in to @(tb), you will ``instantiate'' a @seclink["profiles"]{``profile''}
to create an @seclink["experiments"]{experiment}. Profiles are @(tb)'s way of packaging up
configurations and experiments
so that they can be shared with others. Each experiment is separate:
the experiment that you create for this tutorial will be an instance of a profile provided by
the facility, but running on resources that are dedicated to you, which you
have complete control over. This profile uses local disk space on the nodes, so
anything you store there will be lost when the experiment terminates.
@margin-note{The OAI network we will build in this tutorial is very small, but @(tb)
will have city-scale infrastructure that can be used for larger-scale
For this tutorial, we will use a basic profile that brings up a small LTE network.
The @(tb) staff have built this profile by capturing
@seclink["disk-images"]{disk images} of a partially-completed OAI installation
and scripting the remainder of the install (customizing it for the specific
machines that will get allocated, the user that created it, the SIM card in the allocated phone, etc.)
See this manual's @seclink["profiles"]{section on profiles} for more
information about how they work.
@itemlist[#:style 'ordered
@instructionstep["Start Experiment"]{
After logging in, you are taken to your main status
Select ``Start Experiment'' from
the ``Experiments'' menu.
@instructionstep["Select a profile"]{
The ``Start an Experiment'' page is where you will select a profile
to instantiate. We will use the @bold{OAI-Real-Hardware} profile; if
it is not selected, follow
@link[""]{this link}
or click the ``Change Profile'' button, and select
``OAI-Real-Hardware'' from the list on the left.
Once you have the correct profile selected, click ``Next''
@instructionstep["Set parameters"
#:screenshot "powder-set-parameters.png"]{
Profiles in CloudLab can have @emph{parameters} that affect how they are
configured; for example, this profile has parameters that allow you to
specify whether the experiment will use real hardware over-the-air, across an attenuator, or with a simulated RAN.
For this tutorial, we will leave all parameters at their defaults and
just click ``next''.
@instructionstep["Click Finish!"
#:screenshot "powder-click-finish.png"]{
When you click the ``finish'' button, @(tb) will start
provisioning the resources that you requested.
@margin-note{You may optionally give your experiment a name---this
can be useful if you have many experiments running at once.}
@instructionstep["Powder instantiates your profile"]{
@(tb) will take a few minutes to bring up your copy of OAI, as
many things happen at this stage, including selecting suitable
hardware, loading disk images on local storage, booting bare-metal
machines, re-configuring the network topology, etc. While this is
happening, you will see this status page:
@margin-note{Provisioning is done using the
@link[""]{GENI APIs}; it
is possible for advanced users to bypass the @(tb) portal and
call these provisioning APIs from their own code. A good way to
do this is to use the @link[""]{@tt{geni-lib} library for Python.}}
As soon as a set of resources have been assigned to you, you will see
details about them at the bottom of the page (though you will not be
able to log in until they have gone through the process of imaging and
booting.) While you are waiting for your resources to become available,
you may want to have a look at the
user manual}, or use the ``Sliver'' button to watch the logs of the
resources (``slivers'') being provisioned and booting.
@instructionstep["Your network is ready!"
#:screenshot "powder-ready.png"]{
When the web interface reports the state as ``Booted'', your network
is provisioned, and you can proceed to the next section.
@section{Exploring Your Experiment}
Now that your experiment is ready, take a few minutes to look at various parts
of the @(tb) status page to help you understand what resources you've got and what
you can do with them.
@subsection{Experiment Status}
The panel at the top of the page shows the status of your experiment---you can
see which profile it was launched with, when it will expire, etc. The
buttons in this area let you make a copy of the profile (so that you can
@seclink["creating-profiles"]{customize it}), ask to hold on to the resources
for longer, or release them immediately.
Note that the default lifetime for experiments on @(tb) is less than a day;
after this time, the resources will be reclaimed and their disk contents will
be lost. If you need to use them for longer, you can use the ``Extend'' button
and provide a description of why they are needed. Longer extensions require
higher levels of approval from @(tb) staff. You might also consider
@seclink["creating-profiles"]{creating a profile} of your own if you might need
to run a customized environment multiple times or want to share it with others.
You can click the title of the panel to expand or collapse it.
@subsection{Profile Instructions}
Profiles may contain written instructions for their use. Clicking on the title
of the ``Profile Instructions'' panel will expand (or collapse) it; in this
case, the instructions provide details on how to start running OAI services and a link to further documentation on how this profile works and how to work with it.
@subsection{Topology View}
At the bottom of the page, you can see the topology of your experiment. This
profile has separate nodes for the OAI EPC and eNodeB. In addition, it has a VM
(``adb-tgt'') that lets you control the Nexus 5 UE. The names given for each
node are
the names assigned as part of the profile; this way, every time you instantiate
a profile, you can refer to the nodes using the same names, regardless of which
physical hardware was assigned to them. The green boxes around each node
indicate that they are up; click the ``Refresh Status'' button to initiate a
fresh check.
If an experiment has ``startup services'' (programs that run at the beginning
of the experiment to set it up), their status is indicated by a small icon in
the upper right corner of the node. You can mouse over this icon to see a
description of the current status.
It is important to note that most nodes in @(tb) have at least @italic{two}
network interfaces: one ``control network'' that carries public IP
connectivity, and one ``experiment network'' that is isolated from the Internet
and all other experiments. It is the experiment net that is shown in this
topology view. You will use the control network to @(ssh) into your nodes and
interact with them. This separation gives you more
freedom and control in the private experiment network, and sets up a clean
environment for @seclink["repeatable-research"]{repeatable research}.
@subsection[#:tag "powder-tutorial-list-view"]{List View}
The list view tab shows similar information to the topology view, but in a
different format. It shows the identities of the nodes you have been
assigned, and the full @(ssh) command lines to connect to them. In some
browsers (those that support the @tt{ssh://} URL scheme), you can click on the
SSH commands to automatically open a new session. On others, you may need to
cut and paste this command into a terminal window. Note that only public-key
authentication is supported, and you must have set up an @(ssh) keypair on your
account @bold{before} starting the experiment in order for authentication to
@subsection{Manifest View}
The third default tab shows a
@link[""]{manifest} detailing the hardware that has been assigned to you. This is the
@seclink["rspecs"]{``request'' RSpec} that is used to define the profile,
annotated with details of the hardware that was chosen to instantiate your
request. This information is available on the nodes themselves using the
@link[""]{@tt{geni-get}} command,
enabling you to do rich scripting that is fully aware of both the requested
topology and assigned resources.
@margin-note{Most of the information displayed on the @(tb) status page comes
directly from this manifest; it is parsed and laid out in-browser.}
@subsection{Graphs View}
The final default tab shows a page of CPU load and network traffic
graphs for the nodes in your experiment. On a freshly-created
experiment, it may take several minutes for the first data to appear.
After clicking on the ``Graphs'' tab the first time, a small reload icon
will appear on the tab, which you can click to refresh the data and
regenerate the graphs. For instance, here is the load average graph for
an OAI experiment running this profile for over 6 hours. Scroll
past this screenshot to see the control and experiment network traffic
graphs. In your experiment, you'll want to wait 20-30 minutes before
expecting to see anything interesting.
@subsection[#:tag "powder-tutorial-actions"]{Actions}
In both the topology and list views, you have access to several actions that
you may take on individual nodes. In the topology view, click on the node to
access this menu; in the list view, it is accessed through the icon in the
``Actions'' column. Available actions include rebooting (power cycling) a node,
and re-loading it with a fresh copy of its disk image (destroying all data on
the node). While nodes are in the process of rebooting or re-imaging, they
will turn yellow in the topology view. When they have completed, they will
become green again. The @seclink["powder-tutorial-web-shell"]{shell} action
is described in more detail below.
@subsection[#:tag "powder-tutorial-web-shell"]{Web-based Shell}
@(tb) provides a browser-based shell for logging into your nodes, which is
accessed through the action menu described above. While this shell is
functional, it is most suited to light, quick tasks; if you are going to do
serious work, on your nodes, we recommend using a standard terminal
and @(ssh) program.
This shell can be used even if you did not establish an @(ssh) keypair with
your account.
Two things of note:
@item{Your browser may require you to click in the shell window before
it gets focus.}
@item{Depending on your operating system and browser, cutting and pasting into
the window may not work. If keyboard-based pasting does not
work, try right-clicking to paste.}
@section[#:tag "powder-start-oai"]{Starting OAI Services}
The OAI profile provides a complete LTE networking system. The UE is
an off-the-shelf Nexus 5 phone. It uses an Intel NUC with an attached
USRP SDRs to implement a RAN and eNodeB. And it uses a compute node to
provide an EPC including an MME, HSS, and SPGW.
Let's start up these four OAI services. First you will want to log
into either the ``enb1'' or ``epc'' nodes. It is best to log in using
a standard terminal, but you can use the web shell as well. Once you
are logged in, we have provided a single script that starts up all the
services on both nodes in the proper order:
@verbatim|{sudo /local/repository/bin/}|
After running this command, any running services will be stopped and a new set of OAI services will start.
Once all services have begun, it will run multitail so that you can simultaneously see the logfiles of both the MME and eNodeB services. If you are using the web shell, the view of both files will be cramped and you may have to press a key to skip past this warning.
The top half of the multitail output will show all the logs from the MME including periodic status reports about how many eNodeB clients are connected to this MME and whether your UE has connected. You can view the whole log in its own window by logging into the ``epc'' node and running: ``tail -f /var/log/oai/mme.log''
The bottom half of the multitail output shows the logs from the eNodeB. The radio traffic it sees and S1AP messages it sends are logged here. The whole log can be viewed in its own window by logging into the ``enb1'' node and running: ``tail -f /var/log/oai/enb.log''.
@section[#:tag "powder-tutorial-connecting"]{Connecting the UE}
Once the OAI services are running, it is time to get the UE to attach. The MME status message that prints periodically indicates how many devices are attached/connected in the far left column. In this screenshot, you can see that the UE has not yet attached because the numbers in the far left column are all '0' instead of '1'.
In some cases, if you wait the UE will eventually see the beacon and attach without any other action needed. But if that doesn't happen on its own, you will want to reboot the UE via ``adb''. To control and interact with the UE, we provide an ``adb-tgt'' node which has a proxied adb connection to the actual UE. Log into that node and run ``pnadb -a'' to connect the proxy. Once the proxy is connected, you can run commands directly on the node with the ``adb shell'' command.
If your UE is not attached, you can use ``adb reboot'' to restart it. If everything else is working, it will usually attach within a minute of rebooting. It is important to realize that rebooting the UE severs the adb connection and it takes a few minutes for the proxy to begin accepting connections again. Just run ``pnadb -a'' again after a little while and it should re-connect for more ``adb'' commands.
When attached to the OAI EPC, the UE will be able to ping the commodity Internet. Otherwise, it will yield 'network unreachable'.
@section[#:tag "powder-in-depth"]{In-Depth OAI Profile Documentation}
Now you have a complete LTE network running with an actual UE phone and real hardware. You can interact with the UE freely using ``adb'', modify the source for OAI and rebuild it, or even create your own version of the profile with your changes. We discuss how to do all of these things in the reference guide for this profile.
@link[""]{OAI Real Hardware Reference Guide}
@section{Terminating the Experiment}
Resources that you hold in @(tb) are real, physical machines and are
therefore limited and in high demand. When you are done, you should release
them for use by other experimenters. Do this via the ``Terminate'' button on
the @(tb) experiment status page.
@bold{Note:} When you terminate an experiment, all data on the nodes is lost,
so make sure to copy off any data you may need before terminating.
If you were doing a real experiment, you might need to hold onto the nodes for
longer than the default expiration time. You would request more time by using
the ``Extend'' button the on the status page. You would need to provide a
written justification for holding onto your resources for a longer period of
@section{Taking Next Steps}
Now that you've got a feel for for what @(tb) can do, there are several
things you might try next:
@item{@seclink["create-project"]{Create a new project} to continue working
on @(tb) past this tutorial}
@item{Try out some profiles other than OAI (use the ``Change
Profile'' button on the ``Start Experiment'' page)}
@item{Read more about the @seclink["basic-concepts"]{basic concepts} in
@item{Try out different @seclink["hardware"]{hardware}}
@item{Learn how to @seclink["creating-profiles"]{make your own profiles}}
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