End-host Driven Troubleshooting Architecture for Software-Defined Networking

Csikor, L. and Pezaros, D. P. (2018) End-host Driven Troubleshooting Architecture for Software-Defined Networking. In: IEEE GLOBECOM 2017, Singapore, 4-8 Dec 2017, ISBN 9781509050192 (doi: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2017.8254759)

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The high variability in traffic demands, the advanced networking services at various layers (e.g., load- balancers), and the steady penetration of SDN technology and virtualization make the crucial network troubleshooting tasks ever more challenging over multi-tenant environments. Service degradation is first realized by the users and, as being the only one having visibility to many relevant information (e.g., connection details) required for accurate and timely problem resolution, the infrastructure layer is often forced upon continuous monitoring resulting in wasteful resource management, not to mention the long time frames. In this paper, we propose an End-host-Driven Troubleshooting architecture (EDT), where users are able to share the application-specific connection details with the infrastructure to accelerate the identification of root causes of performance degradation, and to avoid the need for always-on, resource-intensive, and network- wide monitoring. Utilizing EDT, we provide some essential tools for real end-to-end trace routing (PTR), identifying packet losses, and carry out hop-by-hop latency measurements (HEL). In contrast to existing proposals, PTR traces the practical production traffic without the need of crafted probe packets by means of careful tagging mechanisms and additional ephemeral capturing flow rules. Besides involving negligible data plane deterioration, in certain cases PTR can drastically reduce the time needed to find a traversed path compared to existing solutions. Finally, by means of individual network functions, HEL measures the latency of each link along the found path without involving the controller into the calculation, hence resulting in significant reduction of control plane overhead.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Network measurement, SDN, NFV, troubleshoot.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Csikor, Dr Levente and Pezaros, Professor Dimitrios
Authors: Csikor, L., and Pezaros, D. P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 IEEE
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