Real Time Monitoring of Packet Loss in Software Defined Networks

  • Yash SinhaEmail author
  • Shikhar Vashishth
  • K. Haribabu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 218)


In order to meet QoS demands from customers, currently, ISPs over-provision capacity. Networks need to continuously monitor performance metrics, such as bandwidth, packet loss etc., in order to quickly adapt forwarding rules in response to changes in the workload. The packet loss metric is also required by network administrators and ISPs to identify clusters in network that are vulnerable to congestion. However, the existing solutions either require special instrumentation of the network or impose significant measurement overhead.

Software-Defined Networking (SDN), an emerging paradigm in networking advocates separation of the data plane and the control plane, separating the network’s control logic from the underlying routers and switches, leaving a logically centralized software program to control the behavior of the entire network, and introducing network programmability. Further, OpenFlow allows to implement fine-grained Traffic Engineering (TE) and provides flexibility to determine and enforce end-to-end QoS parameters.

In this paper, we present an approach for monitoring and measuring online per-flow as well as per-port packet loss statistics in SDN. The controller polls all the switches of the network periodically for port and flow statistics via OpenFlow 1.3 multipart messages. The OpenFlow compliant switches send cumulative statistics of sent and received packets to the controller that includes raw packets (control, non-user generated packets responsible for network management); which, although not being part of the end-to-end data traffic, get counted and act as noise in the statistics. The proposed method takes into account the effect of raw packets and thus, hamper the accuracy of methods.

Other implementations propose approaches for per-flow packet loss only. We also take into account the effect of raw packets (control, non-user generated packets) which makes our packet loss estimation more accurate than other implementations. We also present a study of extrapolation techniques for predicting packet loss within poll interval.


Software Defined Networks Packet loss OpenFlow Quality of service (QoS) Traffic Engineering (TE) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Information SystemsBITS, PilaniPilaniIndia
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and AutomationIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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