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Execution ViewExecution View overview
Headline barExecution View controls
Event configuration barEvent pane selection & replay file creation controls
Dashboard configuration barVisualization dashboard controls
Visualization dashboardNetwork topology, map & metrics dashboard visualization
Manual event paneManual event controls
Automation paneAutomated event controls
Replay event paneEvent replay execution controls
Process status tableApplication execution status

Execution View

The Execution view provides a graphical interface to perform scenario run-time operations. You can use this view to deploy and terminate scenarios in the backend. You can also inject events to change the network topology or link characteristics.

Other views can be found in the GUI Overview wiki page


Headline Bar

This bar is always visible within the Execution view. It provides the following buttons:

Sandbox

Drop-down menu for selecting a sandbox to use:

  • Menu list includes all existing sandboxes
  • Selecting a sandbox updates the Execution View with the current sandbox state

NEW

Create a new sandbox:

  • Opens a dialog prompt for a new sandbox name
    • Validates the sandbox name format & length
  • Creates a new sandbox
    • Creates & starts new sandbox pods
    • Enables scenario deployment buttons

NOTE: Operation fails silently if a sandbox with the same name already exists. In this case you must click on NEW again and enter a unique sandbox name.

DELETE

Delete the selected sandbox:

  • Opens a dialog to confirm delete action
  • Deletes the sandbox
    • Removes the sandbox pods
    • Disables scenario deployment buttons until a new sandbox is selected or created

NOTE: Scenario pods running in the sandbox will also be removed when deleting a sandbox.

DEPLOY

Activate a scenario:

  • Opens a dialog prompt to select a scenario to deploy
    • Scenario list is retrieve from the backend persistent store
  • Sends the chosen scenario name to the backend for deployment
    • Opens the Visualization dashboard with the selected views
    • Shows the Process status table with the scenario pod status

SAVE

Save deployed scenario:

  • Opens a dialog prompt for the scenario name to be saved
    • Validates the scenario name format & length
  • Sends the current state of the deployed scenario to the backend where it is added to the persistent store

NOTE: This operation overwrites any existing scenario with the same name. Be careful to use a unique name when saving the deployed scenario.

TERMINATE

Deactivate a deployed scenario:

  • Opens a dialog prompt to confirm deployed scenario termination
  • Sends the termination request to the backend
    • Closes the Visualization dashboard
    • Closes the Process status table only after all scenario pods have terminated

EVENT

Opens the event configuration bar.

DASHBOARD

Opens the dashboard configuration bar.


Event Configuration Bar

This section provides controls for event pane selection and replay file creation. It also displays the status of a running replay file. The following controls are available:

MANUAL

Opens the Manual event pane for event configuration.

AUTOMATION

Opens the Automation pane for automation configuration.

AUTO-REPLAY

Opens the Auto-replay event pane for event configuration.

SAVE EVENTS

Create a new replay file:

  • Opens a dialog prompt for the replay file name & description to be created
  • Sends a replay file generation request to the backend
    • Backend queries the event database and creates a new replay file with the provided name & description

NOTE: You must click on the AUTO-REPLAY button for the new replay file to be added to the list of available replay files in the frontend.

CLOSE

Closes the event configuration bar.


Dashboard Configuration Bar

This section provides the following configuration controls for the Visualization dashboard:

VIEW 1 & 2

Drop-down menus to select the visualizations to display in the Visualization dashboard. You may configure a single view or two views to display side-by-side. You can choose from the following views:

  • Network Topology
  • Map View
  • Network Metrics Point-to-Point
  • Network Metrics Aggregation
  • None

SOURCE NODE

Drop-down menu to select the source application node that must be provided to the Visualization dashboard.

DESTINATION NODE

Drop-down menu to select the destination application node that must be provided to the Visualization dashboard.

SHOW APPS

Checkbox to show or hide applications in the Visualization dashboard views. If checked, the Network Topology view includes edge, UE & cloud application network elements.

CLOSE

Closes the dashboard configuration bar.


Visualization Dashboard

This section is only visible when a scenario is deployed. It displays the views selected in the Dashboard configuration bar. Each view is described below:

Network Topology

This view provides a visual representation of the network element hierarchy for the deployed scenario. It is updated whenever a scenario is deployed, refreshed or terminated. It shows basic network element information such as type, name & network characteristics directly in the graph.

We use a 3rd party graphing tool called vis.js to create a network view of the scenario elements. You can drag and zoom the network view using the provided controls or using your mouse click & scroll buttons. Hovering over a node or link in the graph will open an informative tooltip with details about the currently configured element state.

Map View

This view provides a visual representation of the network element geographic positions on a map for the deployed scenario. It is updated whenever a scenario is deployed, refreshed or terminated.

We use a 3rd party mapping client called Leaflet to render map tiles. Physical location assets such as UEs, PoAs & Compute nodes are then overlaid on the maps using markers, circles and lines. You can drag and zoom the map view using the provided controls or using your mouse click & scroll buttons. Hovering over a marker displays its name, and clicking on a marker opens a tooltip with the asset name, position, range, end-of-path mode & velocity, when applicable.

Network Metrics Point-to-Point

This view loads the Network Metrics Point-to-Point Grafana Dashboard in an iframe. This dashboard monitors the deployed scenario and provides some latency and traffic metrics between the configured source and destination nodes. It displays instantaneous measurements for round-trip ping time and UL & DL throughput, as well as a graph of these measurements over the last minute.

NOTE: You must select both a source and destination node in the Dashboard configuration bar to visualize data in this view.

Network Metrics Aggregation

This view loads the Network Metrics Aggregation Grafana Dashboard in an iframe. This dashboard monitors the deployed scenario and provides some latency and traffic metrics between the configured source and all other scenario application nodes. It displays graphs for round-trip ping times, UL & DL throughput measurements over the last minute. It also shows a table of events received by the backend.

NOTE: You must select a source node in the Dashboard configuration bar to visualize data in this view.

Wireless Metrics Point-to-Point

This view loads the Wireless Metrics Point-to-Point Grafana Dashboard in an iframe. This dashboard monitors the deployed scenario and provides some signal strength metrics and distance measurements between the configured UE and POA. It displays instantaneous measurements for RSRP & RSRQ when attached to a 4G or 5G POA, and the RSSI when attached to a WiFi POA. The dashboard also provides the current distance between the UE and POA, as well as a graph of all of these measurements over the last minute (overlayed with mobility events to easily track POA transitions).

NOTE: You must select both a UE and a POA in the Dashboard configuration bar to visualize data in this view.

Wireless Metrics Aggregation

This view loads the Wireless Metrics Aggregation Grafana Dashboard in an iframe. This dashboard monitors the deployed scenario and provides some signal strength metrics and distance measurements between the configured UE and all POAs in range. It displays graphs for RSRP & RSRP (4G/5G POAs), RSSI (WiFi POAs), and distance measurements over the last minute (overlayed with mobility events to easily track POA transitions). It also shows a table of events received by the backend.

NOTE: You must select a UE in the Dashboard configuration bar to visualize data in this view.

None

Disables the view, giving its frontend real-estate to the other view.


Manual Event Pane

This pane is used to manually configure and send events to the backend in order to dynamically alter the currently deployed scenario. Once fully configured you may send the event using the SUBMIT button or cancel the event using the CLOSE button. The event response status is displayed below the SUBMIT button after sending an event.

You may configure the following events:

MOBILITY

This event moves a chosen network element to a new location in the network topology. The following options must be configured:

Target

Drop-down menu to select the network element to be moved.

Destination

Drop-down menu to select the parent network element where the target element should be moved. This list is filtered to display valid destinations according to the selected target element.

When destination is set to DISCONNECTED, 100% packet loss is set on the selected target element to simulate network connectivity loss.

NETWORK-CHARACTERISTICS-UPDATE

This event provides network characteristics that must be applied to a specific network element. The following options must be configured:

Network Element Type

Drop-down menu to select the type of network element to be updated.

Network Element

Drop-down menu to select the network element to be updated.

Latency / Latency Variation / Packet Loss / Throughput

Number fields to input element network characteristics to be sent in the event. Network characteristics are described in more detail here.

SCENARIO-UPDATE

This event dynamically adds or removes terminal, edge or cloud applications in the network topology. This event enables the Process Lifecycle feature.

The following options must be configured:

Action Type

Drop-down menu to select the action to perform.

Adding an element When adding an application, element configuration fields must be filled before submitting the event. Frontend & backend validation is performed on the event to prevent errors during process instantiation. Once successfully submitted, the platform performs all necessary actions to start the new application.

Removing an element When removing an application, the target Process Type & Process Name must be selected from the drop-down menus. Once successfully submitted, the platform performs all necessary actions to stop the selected application.

PDU-SESSION

This event adds or removes terminal PDU Sessions. This event enables the Cellular Connectivity Control feature.

The following options must be configured:

Action Type

Drop-down menu to select the action to perform.

Terminal

Drop-down menu to select the terminal.

PDU Session ID

Text Field to input PDU Session ID.

Data Network Name

Drop-down menu to select the data network name (only visible when creating a new PDU Session).


Automation Pane

This pane is used to enable/disable GIS automations. More details on GIS automations can be found here.

Movement

Toggles UE movement according to their respective paths.

Mobility

Toggles automatic generation of mobility events.

PoA-in-Range

Generates the PoA in range events necessary for the state transfer service.

Network Characteristics

Toggles automatic generation of network characteristic update events.


Replay Event Pane

This pane provides the following controls for replay file execution in the backend:

REPLAY FILE

Drop-down menu to select the replay file to execute.

NOTE: New replay files created while this pane is open will only be added the the list after the pane is closed and re-opened.

LOOP

Checkbox to enable replay file execution looping. If checked, the backend replay manager will run the selected replay file to completion, wait for 5 seconds and then restart the same replay file execution. It continues this loop until stopped.

PLAY

Sends a request to the backend replay manager to start the selected replay file execution. While running, the following replay file status information appears in the Event configuration bar:

  • Running replay file name
  • Current event count / Total event count
  • Time to next event / Remaining replay file execution time

STOP

Sends a request to the backend replay manager to stop the selected replay file execution.

CLOSE

Closes the auto-replay event pane.


Process Status Table

This table is only visible when a scenario is deployed. It displays key information about applications in the deployed scenario, such as:

  • Process name
  • Application instance ID
  • Execution status
  • Ingress & egress service mappings for external applications

NOTE: Ingress & egress service mappings are prepended with ‘I:’ & ‘E:’ respectively. More details on external node service mappings are provided in the External Nodes wiki page.