Edge Data Centres (EDC) are often managed by a single administrative entity with logically centralized control. The architectural split of control and data planes and the new control plane abstractions have been touted as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), where the OpenFlow protocol is one common choice for the standardized programmatic interface to data plane devices. However, in the design of an SDN architecture, there is no clear distinction between functional network parts such as core and edge elements. It means that all switches require to support lookups over hundreds of bits with complex actions that have to be specified by multiple tables. In this paper, we propose a new programmable architecture for EDC networks, named Residues Defined Networks (RDN). In RDN, a controller defines a network policy (e.g. connectivity protection) setting flow entries at the edges. Based on these entries, the edge switches assign route-IDs to flows. A route is defined as the remainder of the division (Residue) between a route-ID and a set of switch-IDs within RDN core. In case of failures, emergency routes are compactly encoded as programmable residues forwarding paths written into the packets. RDN scalability is evaluated considering 2-tier Clos topologies which cover mostly EDC deployments supporting up to 2304 servers. A RDN proof-of-concept prototype is implemented in Mininet for network emulation. Also, to increase the accuracy on latency measures, we implement RDN in NetFPGA that is validated in a testbed with 10Gbps Ethernet boards. RDN offers ultra-fast failure recovery (sub-milliseconds carrier grade), achieves low latency with RDN switching time per hop ( 0.6 microseconds) and no jitter within the RDN core.
|Conference||IEEE Conference on Network and Service Management|
|Period||27/11/17 → 30/11/17|