Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a powerful approach that enhances network control and management, and provides a flexible way to develop network applications. However, scalability of SDN networks is an important concern for many network operators. The main peculiarities of SDN when applied to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) network are the large geographical extension and the need of in-band transmission of control traffic. Therefore, the control traffic exchanged between the SDN controller and the network nodes must be carefully evaluated for the network design and dimensioning. We consider an ISP network controlled by the recently ONOS (Open Network Operating System) controller developed by ON.Lab. We devise a quantitative model to compute the exact number of exchanged OpenFlow messages and the corresponding bandwidth needed to install a traffic flow when running the default ONOS layer-2 forwarding applications. We compute also the exact number of flow rules installed in each switch. We show the general applicability of our models for a Point Of Presence (POP) network and for a large set of real nation-wide and world-wide ISP networks. Our quantitative models can be used for a safe network planning also when the network applications are not fully reactive.
|Titolo:||Scalability of ONOS reactive forwarding applications in ISP networks|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.comcom.2016.09.007|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|