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Computer Science > Networking and Internet Architecture

Title: Specifying and Analyzing Virtual Network Services Using Queuing Petri Nets

Abstract: For optimal placement and orchestration of network services, it is crucial that their structure and semantics are specified clearly and comprehensively and are available to an orchestrator. Existing specification approaches are either ambiguous or miss important aspects regarding the behavior of virtual network functions (VNFs) forming a service. We propose to formally and unambiguously specify the behavior of these functions and services using Queuing Petri Nets (QPNs). QPNs are an established method that allows to express queuing, synchronization, stochastically distributed processing delays, and changing traffic volume and characteristics at each VNF. With QPNs, multiple VNFs can be connected to complete network services in any structure, even specifying bidirectional network services containing loops.
We discuss how management and orchestration systems can benefit from our clear and comprehensive specification approach, leading to better placement of VNFs and improved Quality of Service. Another benefit of formally specifying network services with QPNs are diverse analysis options, which allow valuable insights such as the distribution of end-to-end delay. We propose a tool-based workflow that supports the specification of network services and the automatic generation of corresponding simulation code to enable an in-depth analysis of their behavior and performance.
Comments: 9 pages
Subjects: Networking and Internet Architecture (cs.NI)
Cite as: arXiv:1803.07007 [cs.NI]
  (or arXiv:1803.07007v1 [cs.NI] for this version)

Submission history

From: Stefan Schneider [view email]
[v1] Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:02:29 GMT (406kb,D)