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Title: Experimentation on dynamic congestion control in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV)
Author: Kamaruddin, Amalina Farhan
ISNI:       0000 0004 7658 4532
Awarding Body: Brunel University London
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2017
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In this thesis, a novel framework for dynamic congestion control has been proposed. The study is about the congestion control in broadband communication networks. Congestion results when demand temporarily exceeds capacity and leads to severe degradation of Quality of Service (QoS) and possibly loss of traffic. Since traffic is stochastic in nature, high demand may arise anywhere in a network and possibly causing congestion. There are different ways to mitigate the effects of congestion, by rerouting, by aggregation to take advantage of statistical multiplexing, and by discarding too demanding traffic, which is known as admission control. This thesis will try to accommodate as much traffic as possible, and study the effect of routing and aggregation on a rather general mix of traffic types. Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are concepts that allow for dynamic configuration of network resources by decoupling control from payload data and allocation of network functions to the most suitable physical node. This allows implementation of a centralised control that takes the state of the entire network into account and configures nodes dynamically to avoid congestion. Assumes that node controls can be expressed in commands supported by OpenFlow v1.3. Due to state dependencies in space and time, the network dynamics are very complex, and resort to a simulation approach. The load in the network depends on many factors, such as traffic characteristics and the traffic matrix, topology and node capacities. To be able to study the impact of control functions, some parts of the environment is fixed, such as the topology and the node capacities, and statistically average the traffic distribution in the network by randomly generated traffic matrices. The traffic consists of approximately equal intensity of smooth, bursty and long memory traffic. By designing an algorithm that route traffic and configure queue resources so that delay is minimised, this thesis chooses the delay to be the optimisation parameter because it is additive and real-time applications are delay sensitive. The optimisation being studied both with respect to total end-to-end delay and maximum end-to-end delay. The delay is used as link weights and paths are determined by Dijkstra's algorithm. Furthermore, nodes are configured to serve the traffic optimally which in turn depends on the routing. The proposed algorithm is a fixed-point system of equations that iteratively evaluates routing - aggregation - delay until an equilibrium point is found. Three strategies are compared: static node configuration where each queue is allocated 1/3 of the node resources and no aggregation, aggregation of real-time (taken as smooth and bursty) traffic onto the same queue, and dynamic aggregation based on the entropy of the traffic streams and their aggregates. The results of the simulation study show good results, with gains of 10-40% in the QoS parameters. By simulation, the positive effects of the proposed routing and aggregation strategy and the usefulness of the algorithm. The proposed algorithm constitutes the central control logic, and the resulting control actions are realisable through the SDN/NFV architecture.
Supervisor: Al-Raweshidy, H. ; Li, M. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Fractional Brownian motion ; Markovian Additive Process ; Poisson Process ; Ant Colony Optimisation ; CloudSim