POWDER and Keysight Demo Automated Near-Real-Time RIC Testing

POWDER and Keysight Demo Automated Near-Real-Time RIC Testing

As part of Mobile World Congress in Las Vegas, POWDER and Keysight Technologies showcased automated testing of a near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller (near-RT RIC) with POWDER’s “lab as a service” automation framework.

The demo, which is still available as part of the O-RAN Alliance’s Virtual Exhibition, is built on industry-standard automation tools (StackStorm, Ansible) and test software (Keysight RICtest). It uses POWDER’s automation framework to deploy RICtest against an updated version of the Open Networking Foundation’s SD-RAN near-real-time RIC, and illustrates how the process is used to assess performance and functionality of the near-RT RIC in different scale and configuration contexts.

POWDER’s automation framework makes it possible to automate entire end-to-end test scenarios, from environment configuration through test execution, thus enabling fully automated continuous interoperability and conformance testing.

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