Blind, Adaptive And Robust Flow Segmentation In Datacenters

Authors:
Francesco De Pellegrini Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Italy
Lorenzo Maggi Huawei Technologies, France Research Center, France
Antonio Massaro CREATE-NET, Italy
Damien Saucez Inria, France
Jeremie Leguay Huawei Technologies, France Research Center, France
Eitan Altman INRIA, France

Abstract:

To optimize routing of flows in datacenters, SDN controllers receive a packet-in message whenever a new flow appears in the network. Unfortunately, flow arrival rates can peak to millions per second, impairing the ability of controllers to treat them on time. Flow scheduling copes with such sheer numbers by segmenting the traffic between elephant and mice flows and by treating elephant flows in priority, as they disrupt short lived TCP flows and create bottlenecks. We propose a learning algorithm called SOFIA and able to perform optimal online flow segmentation. Our solution, based on stochastic approximation techniques, is implemented at the switch level and updated by the controller, with minimal signaling over the control channel. SOFIA is blind, i.e., it is oblivious to the flow size distribution. It is also adaptive, since it can track traffic variations over time. We prove its convergence properties and its message complexity. Moreover, we specialize our solution to be robust to traffic classification errors. Extensive numerical experiments characterize the performance of our approach in vitro. Finally, results of the implementation in a real OpenFlow controller demonstrate the viability of SOFIA as a solution in production environments.

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