Performance implication and analysis of the OpenFlow SDN protocol

Aliyu Lawal Aliyu, Peter Bull, Ali Abdallah

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Abstract

Software Defined Networks provide the ability to manage networks from a centralised point through separating control plane from the data plane. This brings opportunities in terms of manageability, flexibility and cost savings in network operations. This centralisation, however, also brings about a potentially serious performance bottleneck and poses a scalability issue in high performance networks. This paper investigates performance of Software Defined Networks in general, and the OpenFlow protocol, to provide insight into the components of control path delay incurred by packets and ways to optimise flow forwarding. Two Openflow controllers (Floodlight and Pox) were used to validate performance measurements in relation to their theoretical composition. Secondly, the packet processing dynamics of switches, in particular OpenVSwitch are examined, looking at the control packet forwarding behaviour in the kernel module to meet high performance network and traffic engineering demand.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 31st IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2017
EditorsTomoya Enokido, Makoto Takizawa, Chi-Yi Lin, Hui-Huang Hsu, Leonard Barolli
PublisherIEEE
Pages391-396
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509062300
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event31st IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2017 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 27 Mar 201729 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 31st IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2017

Academic conference

Academic conference31st IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications Workshops, WAINA 2017
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
CityTaipei
Period27/03/1729/03/17

Keywords

  • Delay
  • OpenFlow
  • Performance and scalability
  • SDN

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