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Document Type

Campus Access

Degree Program

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Degree Type

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.)

Year Degree Awarded

2011

Month Degree Awarded

February

Keywords

Network Virtualization, Virtual Network Mapping, Algorithms, Optimization, Mixed Integer Programming, Hub location Problem

Abstract

Network virtualization has become a primary enabler to solve the internet ossi- fication problem. It allows to run multiple architectures or protocols on a shared physical infrastructure. One of the important aspects of network virtualization is to have a virtual network (VN) mapping technique which uses the substrate resources efficiently. Currently, there exists very few VN mapping techniques and there is no common evaluation strategy which can test these algorithms effectively. In this thesis, we advocate the need for such a tool and develop it by considering a wide spectrum of parameters and simulation scenarios. We also provide various performance metrics and do a comparison study of the existing algorithms. Based on the comparative study, we point out the positives and negatives of the existing mapping algorithms and propose a new LP formulation based on Hub location approach that efficiently allocates substrate resources to the virtual network requests. Our results show that our algorithm does better in terms of number of successful network mappings and average time to map while balancing load on the network.

First Advisor

Tilman Wolf

Second Advisor

Ramgopal Mettu

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