C FRAME

provides an open automated platform for mobile network end-to-end performance testing in both real and RF channel-simulated environments.
Application Areas
Whether you are developing new network products or operating a mobile network, cFRAME can accelerate essential application and network performance testing and leverage test bed resources to increase efficiency and automation. cFRAME is specifically designed to support applications where choreography and remote control of distributed / shared test objects play a key role.

 

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Ran testing landscape

Mobile product testing is increasingly given a greater priority for network engineers. The growing number of variants, frequency of versions, complexity and functionality coupled with the faster rate that new products are released has influenced new product development and integration. As a result, testing has become very extensive and hard to manage manually. New testing and simulation processes are needed to eliminate errors already in the lab, because field testing is both time-consuming and expensive.
Automated testing provides objective evidence of product performance, availability and quality sooner (QoS). It allows setting promise points and defining a time-to-market schedule with confidence. Not only can it influence resource planning and optimization, but have an overall positive ROI impact on R&D, maintenance, product image and user satisfaction (QoX).

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RAN trends

 

Proliferation of mobile networks

 

Growth of services an data throughput

 

Radio spectrum saturation (competing standards)

Testing trends

 

E2E test bed automation

 

Testing against a set of KPIs

 

Simulated environment testing

Key features

application

Application

 

Data throughput testing / monitoring

 

Data services testing / monitoring

 

PTP/PTMP communication link testing

 

Remote control of test objects (AP, CN server, UE)

 

RF channel simulation control

flexibility

Flexibility

 

SUT control from any node

 

User-definable test scenarios and tool sets

 

Triggering one scenario from another scenario

 

Log output to single/multiple files/windows

 

Automatic aggregation of log files over FTP

technology

Technology

 

IPv6 PTP used for internal communication

 

Telnet / SSH used for external communication

 

Supports Win-XP and Win-7 platforms

 

Light-weight and resource not hungry

 

C# scripting language

Feature summary

E2E TEST BED CONTROL

cFRAME acts as the universal remote control for most RF channel emulation devices, traffic analysis tools, etc.

TEST PLANNING / EXECUTION

cFRAME allows defining ad-hoc subnets with required network nodes & resources and running custom test scripts.

TEST OUTPUT MANAGEMENT

cFRAME can collect, organize, and upload test output data to the specified FTP address for subsequent offline analysis.

Engineer and Bottom Line Benefits

Automated Testing

 

No more terminal windows overhead

 

No more manual input to remote user applications

 

No more manual scheduling of user applications

 

No more server administration to join new nodes to the map

Improved Cycle-time

 

Reduced labor cost due to less running time

 

Reduced HW/SW tools cost due to better reuse

 

Shorter time-to-market of higher quality products

Improved Quality

 

Fewer defects, resulting in less rework

 

Fewer returns, resulting in less reprocessing costs

 

Reduced time spent handling customer complaints

 

No test-retest variability (repeatable measurements)

Throughput testing automation example

Throughput testing is intrinsically labor-intensive, hence perfect candidate for automation. In the above example 4 tests were used to automatically emulate full spectrum of channel conditions for data download / upload over TCP and UDP and produced 6 performance measurements indicative of maximum sustained and peak measured throughput.