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Automatic bootstrapping of OpenFlow networks

Sharma, Sachin, Staessens, Dimitri, Colle, Didier, Pickavet, Mario and Demeester, Piet (2013) Automatic bootstrapping of OpenFlow networks. In: 2013 19th IEEE Workshop on Local & Metropolitan Area Networks (LANMAN), 10-12 April 2013, Brussels, Belgium.

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OpenFlow decouples the control plane functionality from switches, and embeds it into one or more servers called controllers. One of the challenges of OpenFlow is to deploy a network where control and data traffic are transmitted on the same channel (in-band mode). Implementing such an in-band mode is complex, since switches have to search and establish a path to the controller (bootstrapping) through the other switches in the network. In this paper, we propose a method that facilitates this automatic bootstrapping of switches. In this method, the controller establishes its own control network through the neighbor switches that are connected to it by the OpenFlow protocol. We measure suitability of the proposed method by performing bootstrapping experiments in different types of topologies: linear, ring, star and mesh topologies. The experimental results show that the proposed method allows bootstrapping in a minimal time, which makes it suitable even for a large network.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Computer software
Divisions: School of Computing > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 17:18
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2020 11:08

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