Evolution of Open- Standard Platform (JAINSLEE)
There is a strong evolution being seen in CSP space. Now operators are looking forward to implement the open standard for intelligent networks. It reduces their dependency on proprietary platforms and on vendor’s road maps. Open –source platform gives operator flexibility to develop their own applications without being dependent on vendor. An open, standards based, service logic execution environment (SLEE) that integrates with current and future networks is the key to providing innovative and revenue generating services. Providing one (standards based) carrier grade execution environment that integrates SS7, SIP, OSA/Parlay, OSS/BSS and J2EE environments offers significant benefits to operator.
Business benefits of SIP JAINSLEE based platform
- Network Independence: The JAIN SLEE framework is independent of any particular network protocol, API or network topology. This is supported through the resource adaptor architecture
- Portable Services: Application components can be developed and then deployed on JAIN SLEE compliant platforms from different vendors without recompilation or source code modification.
- Supports Complex Applications: JAIN SLEE application components can have state, can be composed from other components, can create and destroy other application components, can invoke other application components both synchronously and asynchronously, and can invoke resource adaptors.
- Industry Standard: JAIN SLEE is specified via the Java Community Process which allows multiple companies and individuals to collaborate in developing Java technology specifications.
- In order to reduce the operating cost of legacy infrastructure more and more operators are investing and implementing open source platform. These new platforms bring agility and new service delivery capability to CSP.
- The JAINSLEE based platform can be used to develop and deploy carrier-grade applications that use SS7-based protocols such as INAP and CAP, IP protocols such as SIP and Diameter, and IT / Web protocols, such as HTTP Servlet, XML and Service Orientated Architectures (SOA).
Fundamental Concepts :
- Application can be written once and run on many different implementations of JAIN SLEE.
- Applications can access resources and protocols across multiple networks from within the JAIN SLEE environment.
- Follows the ACID transaction .
- component model for structuring the application logic of communications applications as a collection of reusable
- object-orientated components, and for composing these components into higher level and more sophisticated services.
- SLEE specification also defines the management interfaces used to administer the application environment and also
- defines set of standard Facilities (such as the Timer Facility, Trace Facility, and Alarm Facility so on )
- Extension framework to allow new external protocols and systems (such as MSCs, MMSCs, SMSCs, Softswitchs, CSCFs, HLRs) to be integrated.
Characteristics of SLEE specification
• Event based model, asynchronous, support for composition
• Container manages component state
• Container manages garbage collection of components
• Transaction boundaries for demarcation and semantics of state replication
• Strongly typed event handling signatures
• 3rd party event driven components
• Management of lifecycle of Server, Services, Provisioned state
• Versioned services, upgrade of services, existing activities stay on existing service instances, new activities are directed to instances of upgraded services
• Independent of network technology/ protocols/elements through resource adaptor architecture
A service in JAIN SLEE terminology is a managed field replaceable unit.
The system administrator of a JAIN SLEE controls the life cycle (including deployment, undeployment and on-line upgrade) of a service. The program code can include Java classes Profiles, and Service Building Blocks.
A JAIN SLEE Profi le contains provisioned service or subscriber data.
Service Building Blocks running inside the JAINSLEE may access profiles as part of their application logic.
Service Building Block
The element of re-use defined by JAINSLEE is the Service Building Block (SBB).
An SBB is a software component that sends and receives events and performs computational logic based on the receipt of events and its current state. SBBs are stateful.
The program code for an SBB is comprised of Java classes.
An event represents an occurrence that may require application processing.
An event may originate from a number of different sources, for example, an external resource such as a communications protocol stack, from the SLEE itself, or from application components within the SLEE.
Resources and Resource ADAPTERS
Resources are external entities that interact with other systems outside of the SLEE, such as network elements (HLR, MSC, etc), protocol stacks, directories and databases.
A Resource Adaptor implements the interfacing of a Resource into the JAINSLEE environment.