Efficient Active Measurement for Monitoring Link-by-Link Performance in OpenFlow Networks


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E99-B   No.5   pp.1032-1040
Publication Date: 2016/05/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2015AMP0012
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Internet Architectures and Management Methods that Enable Flexible and Secure Deployment of Network Services)
OpenFlow,  active measurement,  network diagnosis,  

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To efficiently monitor the link performance in an OpenFlow network with a single measurement box (referred to a “beacon”), this paper presents a measurement scheme that calculates a set of measurement paths from the beacon to cover all links in the network based on the controllable feature of individual measurement paths in the OpenFlow network and comprehensively estimates the performance of all the physical links from round-trip active measurements. The scheme has a novel feature that minimize the maximum number of exclusive flow-entries for active measurements on OpenFlow switches by utilizing common packet header values in the probing packets to aggregate multiple entries into a single entry to save the resources in OpenFlow switches and controller. We demonstrate the effectiveness and feasibility of our solution through simulations and emulation scenarios.