Atomic-SDN: Is Synchronous Flooding the Solution to Software-Defined Networking in IoT?

M. Baddeley, A. Stanoev, U. Raza, G. Oikonomou, R. Nejabati, D. Simeonidou, M. Sooriyabandara

Abstract:
The adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) within traditional networks has provided operators the ability to manage diverse resources and easily reconfigure networks as requirements change. Recent research has extended this concept to IEEE 802.15.4 low-power wireless networks, which form a key component of the Internet of Things (IoT). However, the multiple traffic patterns necessary for SDN control makes it difficult to apply this approach to these highly challenging environments. This paper presents Atomic-SDN, a highly reliable and low-latency solution for SDN in low-power wireless. Atomic-SDN introduces a novel Synchronous Flooding (SF) architecture capable of dynamically configuring SF protocols to satisfy complex SDN control requirements, and draws from the authors' previous experiences in the IEEE EWSN Dependability Competition: where SF solutions have consistently outperformed other entries. Using this approach, Atomic-SDN presents considerable performance gains over other SDN implementations for low-power IoT networks. We evaluate Atomic-SDN through simulation and experimentation, and show how utilizing SF techniques provides latency and reliability guarantees to SDN control operations as the local mesh scales. We compare Atomic-SDN against other SDN implementations based on the IEEE 802.15.4 network stack, and establish that Atomic-SDN improves SDN control by orders-of-magnitude across latency, reliability, and energy-efficiency metrics.
Reference:
M. Baddeley, A. Stanoev, U. Raza, G. Oikonomou, R. Nejabati, D. Simeonidou, M. Sooriyabandara, "Atomic-SDN: Is Synchronous Flooding the Solution to Software-Defined Networking in IoT?", IEEE Access, IEEE, 7(1), pp. 96019-96034, 2019
Bibtex Entry:
@article{Baddeley-2019-access,
  title = {Atomic-SDN: Is Synchronous Flooding the Solution to Software-Defined Networking in IoT?},
  author = {Michael Baddeley and Aleksandar Stanoev and Usman Raza and George Oikonomou and Reza Nejabati and Dimitra Simeonidou and Mahesh Sooriyabandara},
  journal = {IEEE Access},
  publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)},
  year = {2019},
  volume = {7},
  number = {1},
  publisher = {IEEE},
  pages = {96019--96034},
  gsid = {17470899592040512837},
  doi = {10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2920100},
  oa-url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2920100},
  abstract = {The adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) within traditional networks has provided operators the ability to manage diverse resources and easily reconfigure networks as requirements change. Recent research has extended this concept to IEEE 802.15.4 low-power wireless networks, which form a key component of the Internet of Things (IoT). However, the multiple traffic patterns necessary for SDN control makes it difficult to apply this approach to these highly challenging environments. This paper presents Atomic-SDN, a highly reliable and low-latency solution for SDN in low-power wireless. Atomic-SDN introduces a novel Synchronous Flooding (SF) architecture capable of dynamically configuring SF protocols to satisfy complex SDN control requirements, and draws from the authors' previous experiences in the IEEE EWSN Dependability Competition: where SF solutions have consistently outperformed other entries. Using this approach, Atomic-SDN presents considerable performance gains over other SDN implementations for low-power IoT networks. We evaluate Atomic-SDN through simulation and experimentation, and show how utilizing SF techniques provides latency and reliability guarantees to SDN control operations as the local mesh scales. We compare Atomic-SDN against other SDN implementations based on the IEEE 802.15.4 network stack, and establish that Atomic-SDN improves SDN control by orders-of-magnitude across latency, reliability, and energy-efficiency metrics.},
}
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