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Prerequisites

Hardware requirement

Flora expects the system to have at least 50GB of free disk space. To use Flora for over-the-air communication with phone devices, you need an RF front-end connected with the server via USB 3. Flora has been tested with the following hardware:

  • USRP B200, B210
  • USRP X300

Software requirement

Flora currently supports OS Ubuntu 16 and 18. You can opt to install a low-latency kernel for performance, see this guide.

Testbed setup

Flora provides a quick one-step installation script. To run it, simply do

testbed

    [flora]$ cd testbed-setup/scripts/OAI
    [flora/testbed-setup/scripts/OAI]$ chmod +x install.sh
    [flora/testbed-setup/scripts/OAI]$ ./install.sh

This script will install all the necessary software and Flora. To start the system, connect USRP to the computer via USB3.0, and run

    [flora]$ cd testbed-setup/scripts/OAI
    [flora/testbed-setup/scripts/OAI]$ chmod +x install.sh
    [flora/testbed-setup/scripts/OAI]$ ./run.sh

Flora also provides a user with software that can write SIM profile into a Javacard. you can purchase a blank Javacard and request the software download from here. Please fill in the form and we will provide you with the link as soon as possible. Follow the instructions provided along with the software and load the correct credential into the Javacard.

Insert the programmed Javacard into any commercial off-the-shelf device. Set the APN to oai.ipv4. Enable roaming on your phone device if applicable. If the device is not automatically connected to the network after a while, try manually searching the mobile network.

Base station analysis

Flora has been integrated with a built-in analysis feature. After run.sh, the log will be saved as log.mi2log.enb.

You can create a Python script to process the log. An example can be found here. First create an OfflineReplayer and set the input path

src = OfflineReplayer()
src.set_input_path(sys.argv[1])

The replayer then feeds the log into an analyzer

analyzer = RBAnalyzer()
analyzer.set_source(src)
src.run() 

An analyzer decodes the input log and enables analysis. An example can be found here. To run it, call

 [flora/enb-analyssis] $ python3 offline-rb.py examples/example_log.txt

In the file offline-rb.py, a callback function is registered in __init__, which will be called when a message is detected from the log

def __init__(self):
        Analyzer.__init__(self)
        self.add_source_callback(self.__msg_callback)

You can then read the messages and process them. Different messages can be used to analyze different LTE protocols

def __msg_callback(self, msg):
  if msg.type_id == "LTE_PHY_PDSCH_Stat_Indication":
    records = msg.data['Records']

Currently, put you analyzer and replayer as the following structure

|- your_analyzer.py
|- your_offline_replayer.py
|- mobile_insight_enb
  |- analyzer
  |- monitor

Edge applications

We provide example applications for edge computing. After the device established the connection with the testbed, you can install an edge application either in the server that is running Flora, or another server that is connected in LAN. Please request the VR edge computing software from here.