GA-MAP: An Error Tolerant Address Mapping Method in Data Center Networks Based on Improved Genetic Algorithm

Gang DENG  Hong WANG  Zhenghu GONG  Lin CHEN  Xu ZHOU  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E98-D   No.12   pp.2071-2081
Publication Date: 2015/12/01
Publicized: 2015/09/15
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2015PAP0005
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Networking)
Category: Network
data center networks,  address mapping,  graph isomorphic,  genetic algorithm,  

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Address configuration is a key problem in data center networks. The core issue of automatic address configuration is assigning logical addresses to the physical network according to a blueprint, namely logical-to-device ID mapping, which can be formulated as a graph isomorphic problem and is hard. Recently years, some work has been proposed for this problem, such as DAC and ETAC. DAC adopts a sub-graph isomorphic algorithm. By leveraging the structure characteristic of data center network, DAC can finish the mapping process quickly when there is no malfunction. However, in the presence of any malfunctions, DAC need human effort to correct these malfunctions and thus is time-consuming. ETAC improves on DAC and can finish mapping even in the presence of malfunctions. However, ETAC also suffers from some robustness and efficiency problems. In this paper, we present GA-MAP, a data center networks address mapping algorithm based on genetic algorithm. By intelligently leveraging the structure characteristic of data center networks and the global search characteristic of genetic algorithm, GA-MAP can solve the address mapping problem quickly. Moreover, GA-MAP can even finish address mapping when physical network involved in malfunctions, making it more robust than ETAC. We evaluate GA-MAP via extensive simulation in several of aspects, including computation time, error-tolerance, convergence characteristic and the influence of population size. The simulation results demonstrate that GA-MAP is effective for data center addresses mapping.