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osmo-pcu

A PCU (Packet Control Unit) is one of the two GPRS elements in the BSS. It implements the RLC and MAC layers of the GPRS
Um (radio) interface on the MS-facing side, as well as the Gb Interface (NS,BSSGP) on the SGSN-facing side.

osmo-pcu is the Osmocom implementation of this PCU functionality.

It implements a custom L1 interface that can be used with OsmoBTS (specifically its
sysmoBTS back-end), and also with
OsmoTRX.

Towards the SGSN, the BSSGP and NS protocols are implemented over UDP/IP, sometimes called "NS over IP".
It has been tested with OsmoSGSN as well as an Ericsson SGSN so far.

osmo-pcu is now considered stable and already performing useful service for a number of users, but as one
of the more recent additions to the Osmocom family, there still is plenty of area for improvement.

Position in a typical Osmocom network

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Source Code

The source code is available from git://git.osmocom.org/osmo-pcu.git

You can browse it online via http://cgit.osmocom.org/cgit/osmo-pcu/

Mailing List

There is a mailing list for (development) discussion regarding the PCU:
You can subscribe to it (or manage your subscription) at http://lists.osmocom.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/osmocom-net-gprs

Please make sure to read our MailingListRules before posting.

Supported

  • GPRS CS1 to CS4 with dynamic link/rate adaption
  • EDGE MCS1-MCS9 with dynamic link/rate adaption
  • Single-slot and multi-slot operation on downlink
  • Single-slot operation on uplink
  • Independent TFI/USF per PDCH in single-slot allocation mode
  • Automatic or fixed PDCH allocation algorithm selection
  • Delayed release of downlink TBF
  • Active queue management for downlink TBF (!CoDel)
  • Initial setting of timing advance based on RACH
  • BSSGP BVC flow control support
  • Using pchan types of TCH/F_TCH/H_PDCH or TCH/F_PDCH, OsmoBTS supports
    dynamic PDCH/TCH switching (implemented entirely in osmo-bts)

Shortcomings / Limitations / Restrictions

Note: this list may be outdated

  • No GPRS/EGPRS mixed mode (yet)
  • No support for hand-over of any sort yet
  • No support of processing measurement reports
  • No timing advance loop, i.e. radial movement is limited
  • No support for power control
  • No Packet Access Reject message on congestion, access is just ignored
  • No PCCCH support
  • Only "Dynamic allocation RLC data block transfer" is supported
  • No network controlled measurement/cell reselection order supported
  • No PTCCH support
  • No support for Packet Flow Contexts (PFC)
  • No support for MS or PFC flow control
  • No support for RLC unacknowledged mode operation
  • No support for MBMS

Authors / Credits

osmo-pcu was originally developed by Ivan Kluchnikov and Andreas Everberg.

Today it is maintaned by Sysmocom.

osmo-pcu-0.1.tar.bz2 - release version 0.1 of osmo-pcu (350 KB) laforge, 01/17/2013 11:37 AM

pcu-edge-osmocom-org.pcap.bz2 - First internet access through osmo-pcu using EDGE (243 KB) zecke2, 02/04/2016 05:30 PM

egprs-gsmtap-dissector.patch Magnifier - WIP patch to add EDGE decoding for RLC frames contained in GSMTAP. (6.48 KB) zecke2, 02/04/2016 05:50 PM