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Today, the policy-based management approach is recognized as an efficient solution to simplify the complex task of managing and controlling networks. To this end, the IETF has introduced a reference framework to build PBM systems. However, this framework only addresses the provisioning of relatively long validity period services based on pre-defined service level agreements. Furthermore, very little work addresses the scalability properties of the instantiation of this framework in a real network. This work aims to extend the IETF PBM framework in order to support dynamic provisioning of short term services (end system signaling) as well as an instantiation scheme that is scalable (distributed provisioning of edge routers). This instantiation scheme is based on the distribution of the provisioning process while keeping centralized only the parts that involve critical resources, that is, the bandwidth brokerage. The performance properties of the proposed scheme are then demonstrated throughout both extensive experimentation and a short analytical study. The results of this work are intended to be used as a guideline to help network operators to design scalable PBM system in order to offer to their customers services with QoS assurance in an on-demand basis.
Date of Publication: March 2006