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Scalable Fault Management for OpenFlow
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2012 (English)In: SDN’12 Workshop on Software Defined Networks Co-located with the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

 In the OpenFlow based split architecture, data-plane forwarding is separated from control and management functions. Forwarding elements make only simple forwarding decisions based on flow table entries populated by the controller. While OpenFlow does not specify how topology monitoring is performed, the centralized controller can use Link-Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) messages to discover link and node failures and trigger restoration actions. This monitoring and recovery model has serious scalability limitations because the controller has to be involved in the processing of all of the LLDP monitoring messages. For fast recovery, monitoring messages must be sent with millisecond interval over each link in the network. This poses a significant load on the controller. In this paper we propose to implement a monitoring function on OpenFlow switches, which can emit monitoring messages without posing a processing load on the controller. We describe how the OpenFlow 1.1 protocol should be extended to support the monitoring function. Our experimental results show that data plane fault recovery can be achieved in a scalable way within 50 milliseconds using this function.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
, IEEE International Conference on Communications, ISSN 1550-3607
Keyword [en]
component, OpenFlow, protection switching, OAM, MPLS
National Category
Communication Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-120037ISI: 000312855706172OAI: diva2:613237
IEEE International Conference on Communications

QC 20130521

Available from: 2013-03-26 Created: 2013-03-26 Last updated: 2013-05-21Bibliographically approved

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