edX: Introduction to Magma
Introduction to Magma: Cloud Native Wireless Networking
Learn about the Magma project, an open source implementation of a mobile network core. Magma supports diverse radio technologies, including LTE, 5G and WiFi, and is particularly relevant for extending network access into remote, sparsely populated areas.
DURATION 10 weeks
DEDICATION 1-2 hours per week
COST Free (there is the possibility to add a paying certificate for $149)
INSTITUTION Linux Foundation
Magma leverages open source software and commodity hardware to help operators manage their networks efficiently. It provides a high level of automation, high reliability, and the ability to deliver new network services quickly. It is agnostic to the radio access network technology, supporting any cellular “generation” from 2G to 5G, as well as WiFi and CBRS for unlicensed spectrum. Magma can be federated with existing cellular networks to allow networks to be cost-effectively extended into remote areas.
This course is designed for technology strategists or decision makers at telcos looking to understand the applicability of Magma to their environment. This course is also aimed at rural ISP operators, systems integrators, and anyone looking to set up a lab environment to experiment with Magma or deploy it in production.
This course will help you gain an understanding of the overall Magma architecture and how it fits into the bigger picture of cellular network architectures, particularly 4G/LTE and 5G. You will learn to recognize and understand the main functions of a mobile wireless network, understand the key use cases and value proposition of Magma, the overall architecture of Magma at a functional block level, and the functions performed by each of the main Magma components (Access Gateway, Federation Gateway, and Orchestrator). The course will also provide resources to learn more to deploy Magma on standard hardware.
This course prepares you to fully explore the Magma project. It provides the necessary background to help you determine if Magma is appropriate for your setting, and equips you to start installing and experimenting with the system.
Recognize and understand the main functions of a mobile wireless network
Understand the key use cases and value proposition of Magma
Describe the overall architecture of Magma at a functional block level
Understand the functions performed by each of the following main components: Access Gateway, Federation Gateway, Orchestrator
Know how to learn more to deploy Magma on standard hardware
Ch 1. Introduction to Mobile Cellular Networking
Ch 2. Introduction to the Magma Architecture
Ch 3. The Orchestrator
Ch 4. The Access Gateway (AGW)
Ch 5. The Federation Gateway
Ch 6. The Network Management System (NMS)
Ch 7. Summary
Final Exam (verified track only)
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