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Striking a Balance between Traffic Engineering and Virtual Bridging in Virtual Machine Placement

Dallal Belabed 1 Stefano Secci 1 Guy Pujolle 1 Deep Medhi
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LIP6 - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6
Abstract : The increasing adoption of server virtualization has recently favored three key technology advances in data-center networking: the emergence at the hypervisor software level of virtual bridging functions between virtual machines and the physical network; the possibility to dynamically migrate virtual machines across virtualization servers in the data-center network (DCN); a more efficient exploitation of the large path diversity by means of multipath forwarding protocols. In this paper, we investigate the impact of these novel features in DCN optimization by providing a comprehensive mathematical formulation and a repeated matching heuristic for its resolution. We show, in particular, how virtual bridging and multipath forwarding impact common DCN optimization goals, traffic engineering (TE) and energy efficiency (EE), and assess their utility in the various cases of four different DCN topologies. We show that virtual bridging brings a high performance gain when TE is the primary goal and should be deactivated when EE becomes important. Moreover, we show that multipath forwarding can bring relevant gains only when EE is the primary goal and virtual bridging is not enabled.
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Dallal Belabed, Stefano Secci, Guy Pujolle, Deep Medhi. Striking a Balance between Traffic Engineering and Virtual Bridging in Virtual Machine Placement. IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, IEEE, 2015, 12 (2), pp.202-216. ⟨10.1109/TNSM.2015.2413755⟩. ⟨hal-01165312⟩



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