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Integrating service function chain management into software defined network controller

Lakshmi, BS and Lakshmi, J (2019) Integrating service function chain management into software defined network controller. In: 2019 IEEE World Congress on Services, SERVICES 2019, 8 - 13 July 2019, Milan, pp. 160-165.

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Middleboxes play a crucial role in networks in the context of performance and security aspects. Large scale networks such as data center networks employ a wide range of middleboxes to service application traffic. Handling of dynamic traffic by means of static middlebox configurations is a complex task. To this end, a combination of Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks offer promising approaches to enable provisioning and chaining of network functions to create service function chains dynamically, in response to the changing application workload and policies. These paradigms together enable elastic and scalable provisioning of service function chains which are programmable at a high, abstract level. This opens new opportunities for co-ordinated working of cloud manager and Software Defined Network controller to jointly manage service function instances as flexibly as the application Virtual Machines, based on the temporal network characteristics of the data center network. On the other hand, the practical implementation of such a controller requires overcoming various hurdles. In this paper we enumerate and motivate the need for such a setup in large scale data center networks followed by the challenges in realizing it. As a proof of concept we realize such a setup using simulation environment and present some early results on the effect on Software Defined Network controller design. © 2019 IEEE.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publication: Proceedings - 2019 IEEE World Congress on Services, SERVICES 2019
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Keywords: Application programs; Controllers; Information management; Software defined networking; Transfer functions; Virtual reality, Chain management; Controller designs; Data center networks; Large-scale network; Network functions; Service applications; Simulation environment; Temporal networks, Network function virtualization
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Computational and Data Sciences
Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Supercomputer Education & Research Centre
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2022 07:16
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2022 07:16
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/78504

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