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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 [wiki:OsmoBTS] (specifically its 
 [http://www.sysmocom.de/products/sysmobts sysmoBTS] back-end), and also with 
 [wiki:OsmoTRX]. 

 Towards the SGSN, the BSSGP and NS protocols are implemented over UDP/IP, sometimes called "NS over IP".  
 It has been tested with [wiki:osmo-sgsn] as well as an Ericsson SGSN so far. 

 osmo-pcu is now considered considerd 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. 

 == 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: osmocom-net-gprs@lists.osmocom.org 
 You can subscribe to it (or manage your subscription) at http://lists.osmocom.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/osmocom-net-gprs 

 == Status == 
 Information about testing is available here: [wiki:GPRS-testing] 

 === Supported === 
  * GPRS CS1 to CS4 with dynamic dynamik link/rate adaption 
  * Single-slot single-slot and multi-slot operation on downlink 
  * Single-slot 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 

 === Shortcomings / Limitations / Restrictions === 

  * Pure GPRS PCU, no EGPRS (EDGE) functionality (yet) 
  * Timeslots have to be assigned dedicated as a PDCH, no dynamic PDCH/TCH switching 
  * 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 maximum cell radius 2-3 km 
  * 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 Holger Freyther and Jacob Erlbeck at sysmocom.
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