In this paper, we introduce the use of adaptive controllers into software-defined networking (SDN) and propose the use of adaptive consistency models in the context of distributed SDN controllers. These adaptive controllers can tune their own configurations in real-time in order to enhance the performance of the applications running on top of them. We expect that the use of such controllers could alleviate some of the emerging challenges in SDN that could have an impact on the performance, security, or scalability of the network. Further, we propose extending the SDN controller architecture to support adaptive consistency based on tunable consistency models. Finally, we compare the performance of a proof-of-concept distributed load-balancing application when it runs on-top of: (1) an adaptive and (2) a non-adaptive controller. Our results indicate that adaptive controllers were more resilient to sudden changes in the network conditions than the non-adaptive ones.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/NETWKS.2016.7751168
Conference 17th International Telecommunications Network Strategy and Planning Symposium, Networks 2016
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Aslan, M. (Mohamed), & Matrawy, A. (2016). Adaptive consistency for distributed SDN controllers. In 2016 17th International Telecommunications Network Strategy and Planning Symposium, Networks 2016 - Conference Proceedings (pp. 150–157). doi:10.1109/NETWKS.2016.7751168