Aether is an open source 5G edge cloud platform that supports enterprise deployments of Private 5G. Information about the Aether project can be found on the ONF website, and an introduction to the Aether architecture can be found in a companion book:
L. Peterson, O. Sunay, and B. Davie. Private 5G: A Systems Approach. 2023
Getting Started with Aether
Aether OnRamp is now the recommended way to get started with Aether. It defines a step-by-step procedure for deploying and operating Aether on your own hardware, including support for 5G small cell radios.
Other Aether guides available on this site include:
Developing for Aether: Learn how to contribute back to Aether.
Runtime Operations: Learn how to operate Aether’s 5G connectivity service.
Test Automation: Learn how Aether components are tested.
Note that Aether was originally deployed as a centrally-manged, ONF-operated cloud service, with the expectation that organizations would participate in Aether by connecting their edge site to this operational deployment.1 That service is now being deprecated in favor of users bringing up their own Aether sites using OnRamp.
The original Aether service supported the Pronto research project, with edge clusters built on top of an SDN-controlled and fully programmable switching fabric. That fabric is no longer included in Aether OnRamp.
Aether uses components from several ONF projects. Information about these projects can be found at the following sites:
More information about 5G and Aether’s architecture can be found in the Private 5G: A Systems Approach book.