Mobility Management for Intro/Inter Domain Handover in Software-Defined Networks
To provide satisfactory Quality of Service (QoS) on the move, efficient mobility management is indispensable to provide mobile users with seamless and ubiquitous wireless connectivity. However, both the conventional centralized mobility architecture and the upcoming distributed mobility management face fundamental challenges such as sub-optimal routing, scalability, and so on. The emerging software-defined networking (SDN) architecture can efficiently manage network operations, and accordingly provides a new direction to address the challenges in mobility management. In this paper, we propose an SDN-based Mobility Management (SDN-MM) scheme to support seamless Intro/Inter domain handover with route optimization. SDN-MM decouples mobility management and packet forwarding functions by installing route optimizing and mobility control logics in an SDN controller, but exempting it from traffic redirecting. In SDN-MM, a comprehensive set of signaling operations are designed in order to provide transparent and efficient mobility support for ongoing sessions in each handover scenario, which prevents packet loss and tunneling overhead, and accordingly provide improved QoS to mobile users. For data communications, an SDN controller in SDN-MM pre-calculates the optimal end-to-end route before a handover, and decides whether to migrate traffic to the route by balancing the performance gain and the signaling overhead, which greatly improves bandwidth resource utilization. Finally, we develop a novel analytical model to evaluate the performance of SDN-MM, including signaling overhead, handover latency, and packet delivery cost. The simulation results have been provided to demonstrate that the proposed SDN-MM can greatly improve handover performance and maintain high resource utilization efficiency as well. - 2019 IEEE.
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