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Dynamic network function chain composition for mitigating network latency

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posted on 18.02.2019, 11:25 by Wajdi Hajji, Thiago A. Genez, Fung Po TsoFung Po Tso, Lin Cui, Iain PhillipsIain Phillips
Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) enables rapid deployment of new services in networks on an on-demand basis using general purpose servers. Multiple virtual network functions (VNFs) can be dynamically chained in an ordered sequence for the delivery of end-to-end services. Nevertheless, network latency caused by the sequential order of packet processing on every VNF can hurt the performance of latency-sensitive applications. To reduce such network latency, existing solutions only consider the maximum capacity of individual virtual network functions (VNFs) and do not take into account the fact that performance of VNFs, as with any software applications, is bottlenecked by either CPU or I/O peripheral capacity of the server they run on and their underneath implementation such as singleor multi-threaded.By exploiting this knowledge, we can better determine the number of required VNF instances and distribute the network traffic among them for any given VNF chain. In this paper, we formulate the VNF Scaling and Traffic Distribution problem and prove that it is NP-hard. We then present the design and implementation of Natif, an efficient VNF-Aware VNF insTantIation and traFfic distribution scheme. Through our OpenStack-based testbed evaluations, we demonstrate that Natif can significantly improve the network latency by 188% on average as compared to other approaches. As a chain composition scheme, Natif can effectively work with any VNF chaining algorithms.

Funding

This work has been partially supported in part by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grants EP/P004407/2 and EP/P004024/1; the Chinese National Research Fund (NSFC) No. 61772235 and 61402200; the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (21617409).

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  • Science

Department

  • Computer Science

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018 IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC) Proceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications

Volume

2018-June

Pages

316 - 321

Citation

HAJJI, W. ... et al, 2018. Dynamic network function chain composition for mitigating network latency. Presented at the 2018 IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC), Natal, Brazil, 25-28 June 2018, pp.316-321.

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© IEEE

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Acceptance date

28/04/2018

Publication date

2018

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ISBN

9781538669501

ISSN

1530-1346

Language

en

Location

Natal, Brazil

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