Next-generation SDN based virtualized networks

Abstract : Software Defined Networking (SDN) was created to provide network programmability and ease complex configuration. Though SDN enhances network performance, it still faces multiple limitations. In this thesis, we build solutions that form a first step towards creating next-generation SDN based networks. In the first part, we present MINNIE to scale the number of rules of SDN switches far beyond the few thousands rules commonly available in TCAM memory, which permits to handle typical data center traffic at very fine grain. To do so MINNIE dynamically compresses the routing rules installed in the TCAM, increasing the number of rules that can be installed. In the second part, we tackle the degraded performance of short flows and present a coarse grained scheduling prototype that leverages SDN switch statistics to decrease their end-to-end delay. Then, we aim at decreasing the 50ms failure protection interval which is not adapted to current broadband speeds and can lead to degraded Quality of Experience. Our solution PRoPHYS leverages the switch statistics in hybrid networks to anticipate link failures by drastically decreasing the number of packets lost. Finally, we tackle the greening problem where often energy efficiency comes at the cost of performance degradation. We present SENAtoR, our solution that leverages SDN nodes in hybrid networks to turn off network devices without hindering the network performance. Finally, we present SEaMLESS that converts idle virtual machines into virtual network functions (VNF) to enable the administrator to further consolidate the data center by turning off more physical servers and reuse resources (e.g. RAM) that are otherwise monopolized.
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Myriana Rifai. Next-generation SDN based virtualized networks. Other [cs.OH]. Université Côte d'Azur, 2017. English. ⟨NNT : 2017AZUR4072⟩. ⟨tel-01677896⟩

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