On the controller placement for designing a distributed SDN control layer
Document typeConference lecture
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Rights accessOpen Access
The software-defined network (SDN) advocates a centralized network control, where a controller manages a network from a global view of the network. Large SDN networks may consist of multiple controllers or controller domains that distribute the network management between them, where each controller has a logically centralized but physically distributed vision of the network. In this context, a key challenge faced by providers is to define a scalable control network that exploits the benefits of SDN when used in conjunction with efficient management strategies. Most of the control layer models proposed are not concerned with controller scalability, because they assume that commercial controllers are scalable in terms of capacity (quantity of flows processed per second). However, it has been demonstrated that overloads and long propagation delays among controllers and controllers-switches can lead to a long response time of the controllers, affecting their ability to respond to network events in a very short time and reducing the reliability of communication. In this work we define the principles for designing a scalable control layer for SDN, and show the desired control layer characteristics that optimize the management of the network. We address these principles from the perspective of the controller placement problem. For this purpose we improve and evaluate our previous approach, the algorithm called k-Critical. K-Critical discovers the minimum number of controllers and their location to create a robust control topology that deals robustly with failures and balances the load among the selected controllers. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of our solution by comparing it with other controller placement solutions. © 2014 IFIP.
CitationJimenez, Y.; Cervelló-Pastor, C.; Garcia, A. On the controller placement for designing a distributed SDN control layer. A: IFIP Networking Conference. "Networking Conference, 2014 IFIP". Trondheim: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2014.