Competitive Analysis for Service Migration in VNets

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Executive Summary

Network virtualization promises a high flexibility by decoupling services from the underlying substrate network and allowing the virtual network to adapt to the needs of the service, e.g., by migrating servers or/and parts of the network. The authors study a system (e.g., a gaming application) where network virtualization is used to support thin client applications for mobile devices to improve their QoS. To deal with the dynamics of both the mobile clients as well as the ability to migrate services closer to the client location they advocate, in this paper, the use of competitive analysis. After identifying the parameters that characterize the cost-benefit tradeoff for this kind of application the propose an online migration strategy.

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