Progressive Virtual Topology Embedding in OpenFlow Networks
Future internet would provide a flexible and simpler architectural design by combining novel low level clean - slate techniques such as OpenFlow with high level design principles such as network virtualization. However, previous research outlined that at the core of network virtualization stands a new set of challenges for network resources allocation. In this paper, the authors focus on one such challenge, namely the problem of virtual topology embedding. In this context users need to leverage the infrastructure substrate by accomodating logical topologies with high degree of flexibility. The network provider, on the other hand, aims at maximizing its revenue in term of size and number of topologies accepted while minimizing costs accounting for the substrate network resources used.