Expanded combinatorial designs as tool to model network slicing in 5G
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Original versionIEEE Access. 2019, 7 54879-54887. 10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2913185
The network slice management function (NSMF) in 5G has a task to configure the network slice instances and to combine network slice subnet instances from the new-generation radio access network and the core network into an end-to-end network slice instance. In this paper, we propose a mathematical model for network slicing based on combinatorial designs such as Latin squares and rectangles and their conjugated forms. We extend those designs with attributes that offer different levels of abstraction. For one set of attributes, we prove a stability Lemma for the necessary conditions to reach a stationary ergodic stage. We also introduce a definition of utilization ratio function and offer an algorithm for its maximization. Moreover, we provide algorithms that simulate the work of NSMF with randomized or optimized strategies, and we report the results of our implementation, experiments, and simulations for one set of attributes.