IGP-as-a-Backup for Robust SDN Networks

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 17:44 by Stefano Vissicchio


One of the main concerns on SDN is relative to its ability to quickly react to network failures, while limiting both the control-plane overhead and the additional forwarding state kept by data-plane devices. Despite its practical importance, this concern is often overlooked in OpenFlow-based proposals.
In this paper, we propose a new architecture, called IBSDN, in which a distributed routing protocol flanks OpenFlow to improve network robustness, reaction to failures, and controller scalability. In deeply exploring this idea, we complement our architecture with data-plane triggered mechanisms that improve its efficiency. We prove that the resulting solution ensures robustness for any combination of topological failures, and quickly reduces the path stretch. Finally, experimenting with a prototype implementation, we show that our approach is practical and overcomes the main limitations of previous work.

Olivier Tilmans and Stefano Vissicchio
CNSM, 2014.
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