An analytical model for software defined networking: A network calculus-based approach

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​An analytical model for software defined networking: A network calculus-based approach​
Azodolmolky, S. ; Nejabati, R.; Pazouki, M.; Wieder, P. ; Yahyapour, R.   & Simeonidou, D.​ (2013)
​2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) pp. 1397​-1402. ​2013 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)​, Atlanta, GA, USA. DOI: 

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Azodolmolky, Siamak ; Nejabati, Reza; Pazouki, Maryam; Wieder, Philipp ; Yahyapour, Ramin ; Simeonidou, Dimitra
Software defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow as the outcome of recent research and development efforts provided unprecedented access into the forwarding plane of networking elements. This is achieved by decoupling the network control out of the forwarding devices. This separation paves the way for a more flexible and innovative networking. While SDN concept and OpenFlow find their ways into commercial deployments, performance evaluation of the SDN concept and its scalability, delay bounds, buffer sizing and similar performance metrics are not investigated in recent researches. In spite of usage of benchmark tools (like OFlops and Cbench), simulation studies and very few analytical models, there is a lack of analytical models to express the boundary condition of SDN deployment. In this work we present a model based on network calculus theory to describe the functionality of an SDN switch and controller. To the best of our knowledge, this is for the first time that network calculus framework is utilized to model the behavior of an SDN switch in terms of delay and queue length boundaries and the analysis of the buffer length of SDN controller and SDN switch. The presented model can be used for network designers and architects to get a quick view of the overall SDN network deployment performance and buffer sizing of SDN switches and controllers.
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