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Opportunistic Bandwidth Sharing for Virtual Network Mapping

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5 Author(s)
Sheng Zhang ; State Key Lab. for Novel Software Technol., Nanjing Univ., Nanjing, China ; Zhuzhong Qian ; Bin Tang ; Jie Wu
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Network virtualization has emerged as a powerful way to fend off the current ossification of the Internet. A major challenge is virtual network mapping, which is to assign substrate resources to virtual networks (VNs) such that some predefined constraints are satisfied and substrate resources are utilized in an effective and efficient manner. Due to the NP-completeness of this problem, a variety of heuristic algorithms have been proposed. However, existing solutions rarely consider the inefficient utilization of bandwidth resources due to the network traffic fluctuation. In this paper, we study the opportunistic bandwidth sharing in a single physical link among multiple virtual links from different VNs. We formulate the problem of assigning time slots to dispensable sub-flows with constraints on the performance guarantee and the objective of minimizing the number of time slots used, as an optimization problem. Two heuristic algorithms HA-I and HA-II, which consider the problem from different perspectives, are presented. Extensive simulations are conducted to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of our algorithms.

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Global Telecommunications Conference (GLOBECOM 2011), 2011 IEEE

Date of Conference:

5-9 Dec. 2011