ESMLB: Efficient Switch Migration-Based Load Balancing for Multicontroller SDN in IoT

Kshira Sagar Sahoo, Deepak Puthal, Mayank Tiwary, Muhammad Usman, Bibhudatta Sahoo, Zhenyu Wen, Biswa P.S. Sahoo, Rajiv Ranjan

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Abstract

In software-defined networks (SDNs), the deployment of multiple controllers improves the reliability and scalability of the distributed control plane. Recently, edge computing (EC) has become a backbone to networks where computational infrastructures and services are getting closer to the end user. The unique characteristics of SDN can serve as a key enabler to lower the complexity barriers involved in EC, and provide better quality-of-services (QoS) to users. As the demand for IoT keeps growing, gradually a huge number of smart devices will be connected to EC and generate tremendous IoT traffic. Due to a huge volume of control messages, the controller may not have sufficient capacity to respond to them. To handle such a scenario and to achieve better load balancing, dynamic switch migrating is one effective approach. However, a deliberate mechanism is required to accomplish such a task on the control plane, and the migration process results in high network delay. Taking it into consideration, this article has introduced an efficient switch migration-based load balancing (ESMLB) framework, which aims to assign switches to an underutilized controller effectively. Among many alternatives for selecting a target controller, a multicriteria decision-making method, i.e., the technique for order preference by similarity to an ideal solution (TOPSIS), has been used in our framework. This framework enables flexible decision-making processes for selecting controllers having different resource attributes. The emulation results indicate the efficacy of the ESMLB.

Original languageBritish English
Article number8894397
Pages (from-to)5852-5860
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Volume7
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Controller
  • software-defined network (SDN)
  • switch migration
  • technique for order preference by similarity to an ideal solution (TOPSIS)

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