Analysis of Traffic Engineering capabilities for SDN-based Data Center Networks

Artur Pilimon, Angelos Mimidis Kentis, Sarah Renée Ruepp, Lars Dittmann

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In the recent years more and more existing services have moved from local execution environments into the cloud. In addition, new cloud-based services are emerging, which are characterized by very stringent delay requirements. This trend puts a stress in the existing monolithic architecture of Data Center Networks (DCN), thus creating the need to evolve them. Traffic Engineering (TE) has long been the way of attacking this problem, but as with DCN, needs to evolve by encompassing new technologies and paradigms. This paper provides a comprehensive analysis of current DCN operational and TE techniques focusing on their limitations. Then, it highlights the benefits of incorporating the Software Defined Networking (SDN) paradigm to address these limitations. Furthermore, it illustrates two methodologies and addresses the scalability aspect of DCN-oriented TE, network and service testing, by presenting a hybrid physical-simulated SDN enabled testbed for TE studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SDN NFV World Congress 2018
Number of pages6
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)9781538659007
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventFifth International Conference on Software Defined Systems - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 23 Apr 201826 Apr 2018


ConferenceFifth International Conference on Software Defined Systems


  • Data Center
  • SDN
  • Traffic Engineering


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