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Priority-based Flow Control for Dynamic and Reliable Flow Management in SDN

Oh, Bong-Hwan, Vural, Serdar, Wang, Ning and Tafazolli, Rahim (2018) Priority-based Flow Control for Dynamic and Reliable Flow Management in SDN IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management.

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Abstract

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a promising paradigm of computer networks, offering a programmable and centralised network architecture. However, although such a technology supports the ability to dynamically handle network traffic based on real-time and flexible traffic control, SDN-based networks can be vulnerable to dynamic change of flow control rules, which causes transmission disruption and packet loss in SDN hardware switches. This problem can be critical because the interruption and packet loss in SDN switches can bring additional performance degradation for SDN-controlled traffic flows in the data plane. In this paper, we propose a novel robust flow control mechanism referred to as Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) for dynamic but disruption-free flow management when it is necessary to change flow control rules on the fly. PFC minimizes the complexity of flow modification process in SDN switches by temporarily adapting the priority of flow rules in order to substantially reduce the time spent on control-plane processing during run-time. Measurement results show that PFC is able to successfully prevent transmission disruption and packet loss events caused by traffic path changes, thus offering dynamic and lossless traffic control for SDN switches.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Oh, Bong-Hwanb.oh@surrey.ac.uk
Vural, SerdarS.Vural@surrey.ac.uk
Wang, NingN.Wang@surrey.ac.uk
Tafazolli, RahimR.Tafazolli@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 9 November 2018
DOI : 10.1109/TNSM.2018.2880517
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Uncontrolled Keywords : Software-Defined Networking, dynamic traffic control, reliability.
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 07 Nov 2018 15:20
Last Modified : 11 Dec 2018 09:17
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849836

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