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On Rule Placement for Multi-path Routing in Software-Defined Networks

  • Jie Zhang
  • Deze Zeng
  • Lin Gu
  • Hong Yao
  • Yuanyuan Fan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 163)


Software Defined Network (SDN) is a newly emerging network architecture with the core concept of separating the control plane and the data plane. A centralized controller is introduced to manage and configure network equipments to realize flexible control of network traffic. SDN technology provides a good platform for application-oriented network innovations to improve network resource utilization, simplify network management, and reduce operating cost. With SDN devices (e.g., OpenFlow switches), routing becomes more flexible by simply changing the contents of flow tables. The flow table is usually implemented in expensive and power-hungry Ternary Content Addressable Memory (TCAM), which is thus capacity-limited. How to optimize the network performance with the consideration of limited TCAM capacity is therefore significant. For example, multi-path routing (MPR) has been widely regarded as a promising method to promote the network performance. However, MPR is at the expense of additional forwarding rule, imposing a heavy burden on the limited flow table. In this paper, we are motivated to investigate an MPR schedule problem with joint consideration of forwarding rule placement. An integer linear programming (ILP) model is formulated to describe this optimization problem. To address the computation complexity, we further design a three-phase heuristic algorithm. Its high efficiency is validated by the fact that it much approaches the optimal solution, according to our extensive simulation studies.


Software defined network Multi-path routing Rule placement Optimization 



This research was supported by the NSF of China (Grant No. 61402425, 61501412, 61272470, 61502439, 61305087, 61440060), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation funded project (Grant No. 2014M562086), the Fundamental Research Funds for National University, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan (Grant No. CUG14065, CUGL150829), the Provincial Natural Science Foundation of Hubei (Grant No. 2015CFA065).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jie Zhang
    • 1
  • Deze Zeng
    • 1
  • Lin Gu
    • 2
  • Hong Yao
    • 1
  • Yuanyuan Fan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceChina University of GeosciencesWuhanChina
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and TechnologyHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina

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