• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
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A Mechanism for Configurable Network Service Chaining and Its Implementation

Vol. 10, No.8, August 31, 2016
10.3837/tiis.2016.08.016, Download Paper (Free):

Abstract

Recently Service Function Chaining (SFC) is promising to innovate the network service mode in modern networks. However, a feasible implementation of SFC is still difficult due to the need to achieve functional equivalence with traditional modes without sacrificing performance or increasing network complexity. In this paper, we present a configurable network service chaining (CNSC) mechanism to provide services for network traffics in a flexible and optimal way. Firstly, we formulate the problem of network service chaining and design an effective service chain construction framework based on integrating software-defined networking (SDN) with network functions virtualization (NFV). Then, we model the service path computation problem as an integer liner optimization problem and propose an algorithm named SPCM to cooperatively combine service function instances with a network utility maximum policy. In the procedure of SPCM, we achieve the service node mapping by defining a service capacity matrix for substrate nodes, and work out the optimal link mapping policies with segment routing. Finally, the simulation results indicate that the average request acceptance ratio and resources utilization ratio can reach above 85% and 75% by our SPCM algorithm, respectively. Upon the prototype system, it is demonstrated that CNSC outperforms other approaches and can provide flexible and scalable network services.


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[IEEE Style]
Gang Xiong, Yuxiang Hu, Julong Lan and Guozhen Cheng, "A Mechanism for Configurable Network Service Chaining and Its Implementation," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 3701-3727, 2016. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2016.08.016

[ACM Style]
Xiong, G., Hu, Y., Lan, J., and Cheng, G. 2016. A Mechanism for Configurable Network Service Chaining and Its Implementation. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 10, 8, (2016), 3701-3727. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2016.08.016