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An OpenFlow-Based Load Balancing Strategy in SDN

Xiaojun Shi1, Yangyang Li2, *, Haiyong Xie2, 3, Tengfei Yang2, Linchao Zhang2, Panyu Liu4, Heng Zhang4, Zhiyao Liang5

1 Department of Science and Technology, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, Beijing, China.
2 National Engineering Laboratory for Public Safety Risk Perception and Control by Big Data, China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology, Beijing, China.
3 University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China.
4 National University of Defense Technology, Changshan, China.
5 Macau University of Science and Technology, Avenida WaiLong, Taipa, Macau

* Corresponding Author: Yangyang Li. Email: email.

Computers, Materials & Continua 2020, 62(1), 385-398.


In today’s datacenter network, the quantity growth and complexity increment of traffic is unprecedented, which brings not only the booming of network development, but also the problem of network performance degradation, such as more chance of network congestion and serious load imbalance. Due to the dynamically changing traffic patterns, the state-of the-art approaches that do this all require forklift changes to data center networking gear. The root of problem is lack of distinct strategies for elephant and mice flows. Under this condition, it is essential to enforce accurate elephant flow detection and come up with a novel load balancing solution to alleviate the network congestion and achieve high bandwidth utilization. This paper proposed an OpenFlow-based load balancing strategy for datacenter networks that accurately detect elephant flows and enforce distinct routing schemes with different flow types so as to achieve high usage of network capacity. The prototype implemented in Mininet testbed with POX controller and verify the feasibility of our load-balancing strategy when dealing with flow confliction and network degradation. The results show the proposed strategy can adequately generate flow rules and significantly enhance the performance of the bandwidth usage compared against other solutions from the literature in terms of load balancing.


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APA Style
Shi, X., Li, Y., Xie, H., Yang, T., Zhang, L. et al. (2020). An openflow-based load balancing strategy in SDN. Computers, Materials & Continua, 62(1), 385-398.
Vancouver Style
Shi X, Li Y, Xie H, Yang T, Zhang L, Liu P, et al. An openflow-based load balancing strategy in SDN. Comput Mater Contin. 2020;62(1):385-398
IEEE Style
X. Shi et al., "An OpenFlow-Based Load Balancing Strategy in SDN," Comput. Mater. Contin., vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 385-398. 2020.


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