New Network Architectures

Volume 297 of the series Studies in Computational Intelligence pp 179-187

Re-architected Cloud Data Center Networks and Their Impact on the Future Internet

  • Christian Esteve RothenbergAffiliated withCidade Universitária "Zeferino Vaz", Distrito de Barão Geraldo, University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

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Large-scale Internet data centers (DC) are empowering the new era of cloud computing, a still evolving paradigm that promises infinite capacity, no up-front commitment and pay-as-you-go service models. Ongoing research towards providing low-cost powerful utility computing facilities includes large-scale (geo)-distributed application programming, innovation in the infrastructure (e.g. energy management, packing), and re-thinking how to interconnect thousands of commodity PCs. In this chapter, we focus on the latter and review developments that are taken place in architecting data center networks (DCN) to meet the requirements of the cloud. Finally, we speculate on the potential impacts of such utility computing developments in shaping the future Internet by driving incentives of adoption of new protocols and architectural changes.