The goal of this tutorial is to install and run the Near Realtime RIC
This is a step by step tutorial to on-board, deploy and run a Hello World xApp in a Near Realtime RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) instance.
For more information on the Non-Realtime RIC please see the NONRTRIC Project wiki
The goal of this tutorial is to install and run the Service Management Orchestrator
Running A1 and O1 Use Case Flows (outdated)
Outdated The goal of this tutorial is to run the A1 and O1 interface
O-RAN Alliance Components Definition
For the purposes of the present document, the terms and definitions given in 3GPP TR 21.905  and the following apply. A term defined in the present document takes precedence over the definition of the same term, if any, in 3GPP TR 21.905 .
near-RT RIC: O-RAN near-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller: a logical function that enables near-real-time control and optimization of O-RAN elements and resources via fine-grained data collection and actions over E2 interface.
Non-RT RIC: O-RAN non-real-time RAN Intelligent Controller: a logical function that enables non-real-time control and optimization of RAN elements and resources, AI/ML workflow including model training and updates, and policy-based guidance of applications/features in near-RT RIC.
NMS: A Network Management System
O-CU: O-RAN Central Unit: a logical node hosting RRC, SDAP and PDCP protocols
O-CU-CP: O-RAN Central Unit – Control Plane: a logical node hosting the RRC and the control plane part of the PDCP protocol
O-CU-UP: O-RAN Central Unit – User Plane: a logical node hosting the user plane part of the PDCP protocol and the SDAP protocol
O-DU: O-RAN Distributed Unit: a logical node hosting RLC/MAC/High-PHY layers based on a lower layer functional split.
O-RU: O-RAN Radio Unit: a logical node hosting Low-PHY layer and RF processing based on a lower layer functional split. This is similar to 3GPP’s “TRP” or “RRH” but more specific in including the Low-PHY layer (FFT/iFFT, PRACH extraction).
O1: Interface between management entities in Service Management and Orchestration Framework and O-RAN managed elements, for operation and management, by which FCAPS management, Software management, File management shall be achieved.
O1*: Interface between Service Management and Orchestration Framework and Infrastructure Management Framework supporting O-RAN virtual network functions.
xAPP: Independent software plug-in to the Near-RT RIC platform to provide functional extensibility to the RAN by third parties.
Figure 2: O-RAN architecture overview
In the O-RAN architecture, the radio side includes Near-RT RIC, O-CU-CP, O-CU-UP, O-DU, and O-RU. The management side includes Service Management and Orchestration Framework that contains a Non-RT-RIC function.