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Research Article

Towards to Inter-domain Network Operations for Dynamic Networks with Software Defined Networking (SDN)

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.12-12-2017.156588,
        author={James Nguyen and Wei  Yu},
        title={Towards to Inter-domain Network Operations for Dynamic Networks with Software Defined Networking (SDN)},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Wireless Spectrum: Online First},
        volume={},
        number={},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={WS},
        year={2019},
        month={2},
        keywords={SDN, MANET, IoT, Multi-Domain Heterogeneous MANETs, CoAP, Dynamic Network Operations, Protocol Design, OLSR, Babel, OSPF-MDR, Quagga},
        doi={10.4108/eai.12-12-2017.156588}
    }
    
  • James Nguyen
    Wei Yu
    Year: 2019
    Towards to Inter-domain Network Operations for Dynamic Networks with Software Defined Networking (SDN)
    WS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.12-12-2017.156588
James Nguyen1, Wei Yu2,*
  • 1: US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, USA
  • 2: Dept. of Computer and Information Sciences, Towson University, Towson, MD, USA
*Contact email: wyu@towson.edu

Abstract

In this paper, we introduce an Software Defined Networking (SDN)-based approach to support the network operations of heterogeneous hierarchical multi-domain Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs). Our approach offers several capabilities, including seamlessly interconnecting heterogeneous MANETs, reducing routing decision loads of gateway routers, and managing end-devices at the network edge from the Network Operation Center (NOC) with our SDN Proxy Protocol. To assess the feasibility of our proposed approach, we setup an emulation environment, and implement our designed system via the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP), additionally integrating OLSRv2, OSPF-MDR, Babel, and others. Based on a set of designed test scenarios, we then carry out an extensive performance evaluation of our approach. Our experimental results show significant network performance improvements at the gateway routers. The SDN Proxy Protocol also outperforms the traditional CoAP-to-CoAP communication when network instability exists.