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Virtual network mapping with traffic matrices

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3 Author(s)
Cong Wang ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA ; Shanbhag, S. ; Wolf, T.

Network virtualization is a core technology in next-generation networks to overcome the ossification problem that is observed in the current Internet. The key idea of network virtualization is to split physical network resources into multiple logical networks, each supporting different network services and functionalities. One of the key challenges for virtual network infrastructure providers is to efficiently allocate network resources based on virtual network requests, which is referred to as the virtual network mapping problem. While several algorithms have been proposed previously to solve this mapping problem, their effectiveness is limited since virtual requests specify the internal topology of the virtual network. In this paper, we argue that such internal topologies lead to unnecessary constraints and less efficient solutions. Instead, we propose an alternate formulation of the problem that represents virtual network requests as traffic matrices. We provide a solutions to solving this traffic-matrix-based mapping problem using a mixed integer programming formulation. Our simulation results show that our approach can map significantly more virtual network requests on a physical network infrastructure than previous mapping algorithms and thus improves the efficient use of networking resources in virtual networks.

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Communications (ICC), 2012 IEEE International Conference on

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10-15 June 2012