Enhancing the performance of futurewireless networks with software-defined networking



To provide ubiquitous Internet access under the explosive increase of applications and data traffic, the current network architecture has become highly heterogeneous and complex, making network management a challenging task. To this end, software-defined networking (SDN) has been proposed as a promising solution. In the SDN architecture, the control plane and the data plane are decoupled, and the network infrastructures are abstracted and managed by a centralized controller. With SDN, efficient and flexible network control can be achieved, which potentially enhances network performance. To harvest the benefits of SDN in wireless networks, the software-defined wireless network (SDWN) architecture has been recently considered. In this paper, we first analyze the applications of SDN to different types of wireless networks. We then discuss several important technical aspects of performance enhancement in SDN-based wireless networks. Finally, we present possible future research directions of SDWN.


Software-defined networking (SDN) Software-defined wireless networks (SDWN) OpenFlow Performance enhancement 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical & Computer EngineeringAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  2. 2.School of Electronics & Information EngineeringHuazhong University of Science & TechnologyWuhanChina

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