Experimental proof of concept of an SDN-based traffic engineering solution for hybrid satellite-terrestrial mobile backhauling
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Satellite networks are expected to be an integral part of 5G service deployment. One compelling use case is mobile backhauling, where the exploitation of a satellite component can improve the reach, robustness, and economics of 5G rollout. The envisaged availability of new satellite capacity, together with the development of better integration approaches for the provisioning and operation of the satellite component in a more flexible, agile, and cost-effective manner than done today, are expected to revamp such use case within the 5G ecosystem. In this context, sustained in the architectural designs proposed within H2020 VITAL research project, this paper presents an experimental proof of concept (PoC) of a satellite-terrestrial integration solution that builds upon software-defined networking (SDN) technologies for the realization of end-to-end traffic engineering (E2E TE) in mobile backhauling networks with a satellite component. A laboratory test bed has been developed and validated, consisting of a small-scale private mobile network with a backhaul setting that combines Ethernet-wired links, a satellite link emulator (OpenSAND), OpenFlow switches, and an OpenFlow controller running the network application for E2E TE. Provided results show the operation of a E2E TE application able to enforce different traffic routing and path failure restoration policies as well as the performance impact that it has on the mobile network connectivity services.
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mendoza, F, Ferrus, R, Sallent, O. Experimental proof of concept of an SDN‐based traffic engineering solution for hybrid satellite‐terrestrial mobile backhauling. Int J Satell Commun Network. 2019; 37: 630– 645, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/sat.1303. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
CitationMendoza, J.; Ferrús, R.; Sallent, J. Experimental proof of concept of an SDN-based traffic engineering solution for hybrid satellite-terrestrial mobile backhauling. "International journal of satellite communications and networking", 30 Novembre 2019, vol. 37, núm. 6, p. 630-645.