Using eBPF for the observability of 5G networks

15 December 2022 | Research

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (6 slides) | Data, AI and Development Platforms

"eBPF programs offer a lightweight and secure approach to observability within 5G networks, but vendors need to provide guidance for optimal implementation."


The architecture of the 5G network means that current observability solutions are not suitable for the 5G core. Vendors should work to understand the Extended Berkeley Packet Filter (eBPF) and use it to overcome the challenges associated with 5G network observability.

Information included in this report

  • Drawbacks and challenges of current approaches to observability (traditional packet filtering, sidecars and service communications proxies)
  • Definition of eBPF as a technology and its benefits for observability within 5G networks
  • Discussion on what vendors need to be aware of to facilitate the deployment of eBPF programs in CSP environments


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